VENICE.- The Dali Universe
in Venice is an exhibition entirely dedicated to Salvador Dali, with more than 100 Dali artworks on display. Visitors can admire a collection of artworks lesser known to the public, which include bronze sculpture, rare graphics portfolios, glass pate de verre sculptures and gold objets dart. This is the only collection of its kind in the world, featuring the most important and largest grouping of Dalí sculptures.
The Museo Santa Apollonia in Venice opens its doors to a unique show, curated by Mr Beniamino Levi, president of the Fondazione Ambrosiana. Mr Levi has thus far organised over 80 exhibitions of Dali artworks that have been seen by over 10 million people in numerous countries worldwide.
Bronze sculptures on display include, Homage to Newton, Woman Aflame, Space Elephant and Toreador Hallucinogen. Each sculpture offers the visitor the chance to discover a new and unique aspect of Dalis surrealism, from the iconographic soft watch of the Persistence of Memory to his homage to the female figure in Space Venus.
The collection of pate de verre sculptures arises from an artistic collaboration between Dali and the french glass-making company Daum Cristallerie during the 1960s. For Dali, glass offered the perfect medium for artistic expression.
The exhibition has on display an important collection of rare, hand-signed graphics illustrating the great themes of literature both contemporary and classic, such as La Vida es Sueno by de la Barca, Le Tricorne by Alarcon.