Throughout the 20th century, few lorded over the art world with the style and panache of Salvador Dalí. The Catalonian served as a bridge from Picasso’s Cubism to Andy Warhol’s pop art, inspiring and ultimately outliving the Surrealism movement. A star during his time, Dalí has ascended to legend since his death. Famously the life of the party, he’ll be the toast of Shanghai with two major exhibitions of his work.
After attracting 350,000 visitors to last summer’s Master of Impressionism: Claude Monet, the K11 Art Foundation have teamed up with the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation for their next blockbuster show.
Over 200 items were selected from over 4,000 artworks in the Figueres Dalí Archives, including 14 masterpieces like ‘Dematerialization Near the Nose of Nero.’
Dalí’s media work will be spotlighted with more than 70 pieces included, among them advertisements and magazine covers he created. Additionally, his creative tools will be displayed providing a glimpse into the artist’s creative process.
Two complementing shows, Shanghai Gesture and Our Real, Your Surreal, explore the historical influence of Surrealism in 1990s Chinese art, as well as its enduring resonance for contemporary artists. Participating artists include Zhang Enli, Wang Xingwei, Wang Xin and more.
Dalí’s Fantastic Universe
Over 10 million people have seen this traveling, exhibition, which has been hosted at over 80 museums worldwide. Now Bund 18 will be the home of over 300 Dalí pieces, carefully divided by stylistic theme.
Major highlights include 24 large bronze sculptures, among them the famed Alice in Wonderland, the classic Surrealist work Mae West Lips Sofa and the haunting Spellbound oil painting.
Spanning decades, the exhibit subtly details Dalí’s evolution as an artist. Lesser known pieces like 10 original Tarot collages and lithographs inspired by Carmen are a treat. His diversity as a craftsman is also celebrated with furniture, jewelry and glasswork among the included pieces.