The late eccentric Spanish artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989) is best known for his surreal eye and his imaginative dream-like landscapes. Today he is regarded as one of the most inspiring and influential artists to ever live, but what many don’t know about Dali is that while his paintings are his most revered works, he was a versatile and driven artist who also dabbled in large-scale sculpture, film, photography, jewellery and even fashion design. For the first time in Dubai, 40 original Dali artworks and sculptures will go on show at Opera Gallery in The Dubai Mall (some of which are several metres high) in an exhibition entitled ‘Treasures of Dali’, running until November 30. Here’s why you should get down there and see it for yourself.
This jeweled sculpture, crafted in 18-carat gold and covered with diamonds and rubies, is a tribute to Dali’s native Catalonia. Dali was fascinated with the art and spirit of the flamenco, and this piece embodies a sense of rhythm and movement through the fullness of the skirt.
‘Persistency of Memory'
Dali has taken the central image from his most famous painting, ‘The Persistence of Memory’, and made it into this sculpture. The melting clock is a recurring theme in many of Dali’s works and its fluidity comments on the human perception of time flying when busy and dragging when bored.
Completed in 1984, nine years before his death, Dali often used elephants in his works to symbolise the future. This monumental seven-metre high sculpture with twig-like legs is said to emphasise the contrast between weak and strong, or past and present.