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

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.

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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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Related Programs & Events

Past Programs & Events

  • Members' Preview

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

    Saturday, September 27 from 6pm to 8pm

  • Nuit Blanche Winnipeg 2014

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

    Saturday, September 27 from 7pm to 4am

  • Video: Destino

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

    Wednesday October 22 at 12pm

  • So Surreal! Family Sunday

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

    Sunday, November 2 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 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 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 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 to Sunday, November 23

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