Dalí Up Close

September 27, 2014 to January 31, 2015

Salvador Dalí, The Persistence of Memory, 1974. Lithograph and gouache. Salvador Dalí Society. ©The Salvador Dalí Society

Philippe Halsman, Yes, but don’t try to uncover my secret (Dali’s Mustache), 1954. Silver gelatin print. © Philippe Halsman Archive, New York City. Image rights of Salvador Dalí reserved.

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What was it about Salvador Dalí that made him the complex paragon of modern art that he is remembered as today? Was it his accomplished draughtsmanship, his disturbing penchant for surreal juxtaposition, a combination of idiosyncratic personality and self-promotion, or some mixture of it all?

Alongside Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, toward further celebrating Dalí’s debut in Winnipeg, Dalí Up Close showcases two distinct aspects of the Surrealist master. The exhibition includes a pair of canvases on loan from major North American institutions, each representing different periods in Dalí’s career: an early Surrealist painting completed prior to 1950, and a later work indicative of his so-called “Classical” period. Secondly, the exhibition features some 30 of the celebrated photographs produced with Philippe Halsman in the early 1950s. In addition to being iconic themselves, these photographs underscore Dali’s savvy management of self-image, and anticipate both Pop and contemporary Performance Art. Dalí Up Close explores the artist’s use of unexpected juxtapositions to achieve disarming results.

Dalí's canvases are universally recognizable for collapsing one object into an unrelated other, toying with the representation of scale, and inserting nightmarish improbabilities into otherwise pristinely composed landscapes. The exhibition's focal point is Dalí's 1949 Madonna of Port Lligat, the painting that initiated the so-called "Nuclear Mysticism" period of his career that lasted until his death in 1989.

Dalí Up Close also includes a rare selection of jewellery designed by Dalí, his preparatory painting for Hitchcock's psychological drama Spellbound (1945), a drawing he created for an illustrated version of Shakespeare's Macbeth, and much more.

An exhibition catalogue will accompany Dalí Up Close, with a feature essay by Dr. Elliott King, a renowned Dalí scholar who also contributed to the Masterworks of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery exhibition catalogue.

For Dalí Up Close we are offering private guided tours in Spanish, avaialbe upon request.

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Credit info for images above: Salvador Dalí, The Persistence of Memory, 1974. Lithograph and gouache. Salvador Dalí Society. ©The Salvador Dalí Society; Salvador Dalí, Macrophotographic Self-Portrait with Gala Appearing as a Spanish Nun, 1962. Gouache on photograph. Private Collection. © Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí/ SODRAC. (2014); Salvador Dalí - Madonna of Port Lligat, 1948, Collection of the Haggerty Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Haupt, 59.9. ©Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí/ SODRAC (2014); Salvador Dalí - The God of the Bay of Roses, 1944. Oil on canvas. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Gift of the Estate of Hildegarde Graham van Roijen. © Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí/SODRAC (2014). - Photo: Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Art.; Salvador Dalí - Remorse, or Sphinx Embedded in the Sand, 1931. Oil on canvas. Eli and Edy the Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Gift of John F. Wolfram, 61.8 © Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí/SODRAC. - (2014); Philippe Halsman - Yes, but don’t try to uncover my secret (Dali’s Mustache), 1954. Silver gelatin print. © Philippe Halsman Archive, New York City. Image rights of Salvador Dalí reserved. - Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí.

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Related Programs & Events

Past Programs & Events

  • Members' Preview

    Be the first to see two major exhibitions featuring the great Salvador Dalí.

    Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm

  • Nuit Blanche Winnipeg 2014

    It's our annual all-night art party and it's all FREE!

    Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 7pm to 4am

  • Video: Destino

    Come see this stunning video collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí.

    Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 12pm

  • Flavours of Art: Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery & Dali Up Close

    The Wag's signature dinner and tour program features a three-course exhibition-inspired fixed-menu at TABLE, our rooftop restaurant.

    Friday October 24, 2014 at 6pm
    Friday November 21, 2014 at 6pm
    Friday December 12, 2014 at 6pm
    Friday January 23 at 6pm

  • So Surreal! Family Sunday

    Unlock your imagination and step into the surreal world of Salvador Dalí and many others!

    Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 1:30pm to 4pm

  • Tour: Dali Up Close

    Join Andrew Kear, curator of Historical Canadian Art, to explore the exhibition Dali Up Close.

    Wednesday November 5, 2014 at 12pm

  • Write to Art: Creative Writing Workshop

    This day of integrating creative writing and visual art is offered by renowned writers and editors Marjorie Anderson and Deborah Schnitzer.

    Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 9am to 5pm

  • Talk: The Great Late Salvador Dalí with Elliott H. King

    This lecture will investigate the implications and repercussions of Dalí’s admonishments of abstraction and use of ‘classic’ to describe his art after 1940. Challenging the stringent periodization of his oeuvre, Dr. King proposes re-framing Dali's later work as a development of earlier interests and artistic influences.

    Saturday November 15, 2014 at 2pm

  • Movember at WAG

    In support of Movember and in honour of Dalí, the Winnipeg Art Gallery will donate $1 of your admission ticket from November 21-23 to Movember when you visit the WAG with your mustache.

    Friday, November 21, 2014 to Sunday, November 23, 2014

  • Talk: Dalí and Mathematics with Dr. Tim Rogalsky

    Join Associate Professor of Mathematics at the Canadian Mennonite University, Tim Rogalsky, as he explores Dalí’s later work from a mathematical perspective.

    Wednesday November 26, 2014 at 12pm

  • SoWAG: The Realest Surrealist Extravaganza!

    Get in the Surrealist spirit at this event hosted by the WAG's high school student group, SoWAG.

    Friday, December 12, 2014 from 5:30pm to 9pm

  • Video: Modern Masters Series - Salvador Dalí

    Join art critic, Alistair Stooke as he explores the work of Salvador DalÍ and explains how the artist has exerted an influence extending far beyond museum walls.

    Wednesday January 21 at 12pm

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