WAG Announces Success of Dalí and Beaverbrook Exhibitions
Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 24, 2015: The Winnipeg Art Gallery announces the successful run of Dalí Up Close and Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The two blockbuster shows closed February 22, attracting over 40,000 visitors to the WAG.
“This was Manitoba’s first major exhibition of Salvador Dalí and the response from the community has been amazing,” comments Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “The attendance exceeded 40,000 people and the related programs and events were spot on. But more importantly, the WAG continues to connect with new visitors, new communities, and new stakeholders – confirming the critical role the Gallery plays in the city and province. Being relevant, meaningful, and welcoming are three things at the heart of the WAG mission – and for Dalí, I would throw in fun!”
Dalí and Beaverbrook opened to record crowds at the WAG in September, and attendance remained strong, resulting in the four-week extension of the shows. Visitors connected with the many sides of Dalí, along with the uncompromising collection of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, which includes some of the finest European art in Canada. Outstanding programing saw audio tours in English and French, scholars giving talks on Dalí, and hundreds of guests for Family Sunday. All five Flavours of Art programs sold out, as did the annual fundraiser Art & Soul: The Lucid Dream, this year inspired by the Surrealist art of Dalí. Nearly 5,000 children explored the stories behind the art through school tours. Membership increased by 25% from the start of the exhibitions, and social media communities continue to build with close to 30,000 followers on Twitter alone.
Dalí Up Close brought to Winnipeg 68 works by the Surrealist master: paintings, watercolours, drawings, jewellery, and sculpture, as well as the celebrated photographs produced with Philippe Halsman. Parallel show Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery features an uncompromising selection of 75 international paintings by such artists as Gainsborough, Turner, Sargent, Carr, Thomson, Freud, Dalí, and more.
The WAG is keeping the momentum up with several new shows opening in February, including Elisapee Ishulutaq; Wanda Koop’s new suite of paintings, VIEW from HERE; L.L. FitzGerald’s Impressionist Decade, 1910-1920; and Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15; as well as the monumental Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin, opening on April 26.
Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is organized and circulated by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery with the support of the Museums Assistance Program of Canadian Heritage, presenting sponsor TD Bank Group and supporting sponsor McInnes Cooper. Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Dalí Up Close are made possible with the support of: the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres; The Mauro Family Foundation Inc.; Qualico Group Ltd.; Ernst Hansch Foundation/Terracon Development Ltd.; The McCain Foundation; Melet Plastics; KPMG; Cambrian Credit Union; McFadden Benefits & Pensions; Red River Cooperative; Lawton Partners; Air Canada; Inn at the Forks; hutK; and VIA Rail Canada. Creative Partners: Doowah Design; Visual Lizard; and Esdale Printing. Media Partners: Winnipeg Free Press; CTV; Pattison Outdoor Advertising; Travel Manitoba; Tourism Winnipeg; Winnipeg Airport Authority; Virgin 103; and Classic 107.
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