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Thursday, June 24, 2010

The restoration of Salvador Dali’s house museum Figueres Stops

The artist might have had a flamboyant lifestyle but 31 years after he died, The Spanish Government and Figueres City Council are to blame for stopping the restoration work of the Salvador Dali's Figueres house museum.

Figueres City Council blames the Spanish Government for not upholding their financial commitments which they promised 2 years ago. It was back in February 2008 when the Consistory and the Ministry of Housing signed an agreement whereby the Ministry agreed to finance the three (3) million euros it was projected to cost to complete the work.

The Council released the 3 leases for businesses that occupied part of the buildings and now it is time for the ministry to undertake their part so that another landmark related to Salvador Dali can be preserved without losing it forever.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Will We Get to See any Dali Movie Soon?

I had been reading this very interesting Dali article on Times Online and it explains a lot about the personal life of Dali, Gala's out of ordinary needs and habits, interesting information about their personal lives and several art pieces (including two major movies) being stopped by the Dali Foundation.

Joan Manuel Sevillano, the Managing Director of the Gala - Salvador Dali Foundation and Museum says “Our job is to protect Dali’s heritage. We control the use of his pictures and images and, depending on the country, his name and personal likeness and voice — all the immaterial rights. That control is enormous, sufficient to stop any project we believe will be negative to Dali."

Gala - Salvador Dali Foundation seems dedicated to protect the artist's legacy even though this meant hiding some of the truth about the personal life of Dali after all these years. Gala - Salvador Dali Foundation is reportedly making over tens of millions of euros each year only from ticket sales and museum activities. The foundation is reportedly using most of this money to buy back Dali's work from private owners and fight counterfeiters but at the same time they are using some of this cash to go after other who are planning to release movies and documentaries about the personal life of Salvador Dali.

One of the major movies being planned is starring Al Pacino and is entitled Dali & I: The Surreal Story. The movie is written by Stan Lauryssens, a Belgian art dealer who served a prison sentence for selling Salvador Dali fakes. The book contains not only out of ordinary details of Dali’s sex life but also claims to show how Dali was involved in the faking of his art.

According to Katherine Moore, who is the wife of Peter Moore - Dali's personal Secretary with a British Intelligence background - Gala was It was Gala was behind Dali’s money-making schemes. Further details can be seen in the article.

Another movie in the planning is entitled "Dali" by British director and producer Simon West. The project was planned to star Antonio Banderas to portray the artist. Banders says he became obsessed with Dali after reading everything about him after being approached for the role.

The foundation seems to lobbying to stop both movies and another documentary. It might be a while before we get to see any movies about the life of Salvador Dali that portrays his real personal life.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Dali Atomicus & In Voluptas Mors- Salvador Dali Photos by Philippe Halsman

It was 1941 when Philippe Halsman met the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. The two artists began to collaborate and work together in the late 1940's. Here are the stories of two very interesting and excellent photos of Dali taken by the world famous Latvian-born American portrait photographer Philippe Halsman.

Dali Atomicus 1948

The first photo is called "Dali Atomicus". The 1948 dated artwork "Dali Atomicus" explores the idea of suspension, with three cats flying, a bucket of thrown water, and Salvador Dalí jumping in mid air. The title of the image (Dali Atomicus) is actually a reference to Dalí's previous work called "Leda Atomica." The actual art piece, "Leda Atomica" can be seen in the right side of the photo behind the two flying cats. Halsman was quoted as saying it took him around 28 attempts to catch the moment that satisfied him.

In Voluptas Mors 1951

Another famous collaboration between the two great artists was "In Voluptas Mors," a surrealistic portrait of Dali. In "In Voluptas Mors" Dali seems to be standing in front of a large skull which is in fact a tableau vivant composed of seven nude models. It took Halsmann over three hours to arrange the models which was done according to a sketch drawn by Dali himself.

Another collaboration between Halsman and Dali was a book. The two eventually released a compendium of their collaborations in the 1954 book Dali's Mustache, which displays 36 different views of Dali's mustache.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tribute to Salvador Dali: A Video Composition of Works and Pictures of Salvador Dali

Tribute to Salvador Dali: A nice video composition of works and images of Dali himself. It is worth a quick look. The vid is approximately 5 minutes in length. The song by Mogwai is called "Take me somewhere nice"

Construction Goes on in Dali Museum

Here are some images of the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida during the construction.

The museum is still in need of financing so those of you who are inspired by the work of this artist, please check out the website of the museum to see how you can contribute.

The goal of the design and the construction of the Dali Museum is not only to build a safe place to store and exhibit the works of Dali but also to create a structure that is attractive by its own design. creating a structure of this kind is a challange by itself.

Here are some photos taken during the construction of the Dali Museum.

This is an aerial photo of the Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida.

The concrete walls of the Dali Museum and the design element outside using the form tie hole pattern.

The concrete spiral staircase in the ground floor.

The extension of the spiral staircase going all the way up. Design inspired by Salvador Dali.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Down the Rabbit Hole: The Bizarre World of Salvador Dali

For those close to Harrisburg, PA, here is a chance to glimpse into the bizarre world of Salvador Dali. The exhibition is called "Down the Rabbit Hole: The Bizarre World of Salvador Dali,” and woodblock prints created by Dalí and inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy will be presented. Dalí himself can be seen in a collection of ten mixed photographs taken by Philippe Halsman, a prominent portrait photographer.

Susquehanna Art Museum
301 Market Street
Harrisburg, Pa. 17101
Phone: 717-233-8668
Fax: 717-233-8155

"Down the Rabbit Hole: The Bizarre World of Salvador Dali,” at Susquehanna Art Museum, starting tonight through August 1st,
10 am to 4 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 4 to 8 pm Thursday, 1 to 4 pm Sunday, 3rd

Tickets go for: $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, free for children under 12.

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