The exhibition of Salvador Dalí sculptures has toured some of the most culturally and artistically rich cities in the world, including Rome, London, Beijing, Singapore, Sydney, Hong Kong and virtually every major city in Europe. And of course Adelaide.
Since 2019, the Dalí exhibition has found its place in the Cube d’Arenberg, a unique space with a unique architecture that provides the ideal setting for Dalí’s surrealist works.
This year, three new rooms (a monumental sculpture, a museum sculpture and a canvas) will join the exhibition, two major sculptures being on loan.
Directly from the Dalí Universe in Switzerland, Dalí Space Venus and Dalinian dancer will both find a new home at the Cube d’Arenberg, alongside Charles Billich Angels and Demons of Florence.
Christopher Talbot, president of Artevolution.com and curator of the Dalí exhibition, says the exhibition continues to take things to a “totally different level” in the art world, offering a unique format-agnostic experience. traditional museum.
“South Australia is home to the largest collection of Dalí sculptures in the Southern Hemisphere. The only other places with a museum of this size are in Paris, Prague, Matera [Italy]and Siena [Italy]said Mr. Talbot.
“[The Dalí exhibition] has been extended until June 2024, because the marriage between the Cube of Arenberg and the surrealist works of Dalí is a heavenly marriage.
“What is happening here is a historic event. For all intents and purposes, d’Arenberg is Dalí’s home. It is the only place in the country where you can see and buy works of art by Dali.
With the addition of the Dalinian dancer on the second floor of the cube, there are now four museum-sized sculptures on that level, worth a total of $6 million.
Each individual museum-sized sculpture is valued between $1.2 million and $1.3 million, while the monumental outdoor sculptures are priced between $3 million and $3.5 million.
The first newcomer, Dalí Space Venus, depicts a classic female torso split in half, revealing an egg in the center. Venus is the goddess of beauty and Dalí pays homage to feminine beauty in this sculpture, adding his own surreal elements.
The egg is a favorite Dalinian theme, representing life, renewal, continuation and the future.
The watch draped over the neck communicates two key messages – one, that outward beauty is temporary, and two, that the beauty of art is timeless and eternal.
The second large sculpture to join the Dalí exhibition is the Dalinian dancer. Dalí was a great admirer of dance and was particularly drawn to the passion and flamboyance of flamenco. The Dalinian dancer is a flamenco dancer, with ruffled skirts and a faceless figure – a recurring motif.
Finally, the third addition to the Arenberg cube is Angels and Demons of Florence by Charles Billich, which is valued at $350,000. The exhibition’s curator, Christopher Talbot, described Charles as “one of the world’s most important living artists”.
The surrealist works of Charles Billich can be found in the Vatican, the United Nations, the White House and now at Adelaide’s Arenberg Cube.
“Even with the covid closures, difficult as they were, attendance at the Dalí exhibition was still quite strong. We continue to expand the exhibit because people continue to love it. About 100,000 people attended the exhibition,” Mr. Talbot said.
“What’s different this time is that there are also 40 television screens showing works by Charles Billich – one of the best surrealist artists in the world. He was the winner of the 2009 Florence Biennale, one of the most prestigious art prizes in the world.
These rooms occupy the spaces once belonging to Dalí’s ‘Triumphant Elephant’, now housed in Rundle Shopping Centre, and the infamous ‘Dance of Time II’ sculpture, which will be on public display at Adelaide Airport.
When: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily.
Where: 58 Osborn Road, McLaren Vale 5171.
Cost: $25 per person – includes admission to the Arenberg Cube, the Museum of Alternate Realities and the Salvador Dalí exhibit. Children under 2 years old enter for free.
Guests dining at Verandah d’Arry’s restaurant enjoy free entry to the Dalí exhibition. Pre-booked guests of the wine masterclass have access to the Dalí exhibit for $10.
To learn more about the exhibition, visit the Arenberg Museum website.