State Government Victoria

Dali Brings Surreal Touch to Melbourne This Winter

Date: 11 June 2009

Melbourne's winter will take a surreal twist with one of the largest ever exhibitions of Salvador Dali works displayed in Australia, set to open at the NGV   .

Premier John Brumby today previewed Salvador Dalí: Liquid Desire   , the latest in the hugely successful Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, which spans the life and career of one of the most recognisable and iconic artists of all time.

"Few artists have captured the popular imagination like Salvador Dalí. Bringing together more than 200 great works from the world's two largest Dali collections, this exhibition is set to be a big a hit with Victorians and visitors alike," Mr Brumby said.

"And like all Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibitions, Salvador Dalí: Liquid Desire is exclusive to Melbourne and combined with sporting events creates a bumper winter season for the city."

Mr Brumby said the series has been embraced by the Victorian community as well as interstate and international visitors with the series attracting more than 1.3 million visitors to Melbourne.

"Around a quarter of these visitors are from interstate or overseas and tourism of course drives the economy, secures jobs and Melbourne Winter Masterpieces has provided a boost of more than $96 million to our economy," he said.

Arts Minister Lynne Kosky said Salvador Dalí: Liquid Desire traces the extraordinary innovation Salvador Dalí brought to his art during his remarkable career.

"This exhibition explores the life and art of one of the 20th century's legendary eccentrics, showmen and visionaries," Ms Kosky said.

"Like Dali himself, this exhibition is bound to surprise and intrigue audiences with its breadth and diversity, including everything from drawings, watercolours, etchings and sculpture to fashion, jewellery, cinema and photography, and a wide range of artistic styles."

Dr Gerard Vaughan NGV Director said the NGV was proud to bring to Melbourne another high quality blockbuster exhibition.

"Salvador Dalí: Liquid Desire will astound and delight visitors of all ages. As well as the exhibition itself, we will have a dedicated kids trail and activity space and an exciting art after dark program including a variety of talks, live performances, music, and fine food and wine," Dr Vaughan said.

Salvador Dalí: Liquid Desire comes exclusively to Melbourne from the two largest Salvador Dali collections in the world: the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí   in Figueres, Spain and the Salvador Dalí Museum   in St Petersburg, Florida.

Salvador Dalí: Liquid Desire will be open daily at NGV International, St Kilda Road from 10am-5pm from 13 June until 4 October 2009 and until 9pm every Wednesday from 17 June for art after dark.

Salvador DALÍ <br>Spanish 1904–89, worked in United States 1940–48 <br>The disintegration of The persistence of memory 1952–54<br>oil on canvas<br>25.4 x 33.0 cm<br>The Salvador Dalí Museum, St Petersburg, Florida

Salvador DALÍ
Spanish 1904–89, worked in United States 1940–48
The disintegration of The persistence of memory 1952–54
oil on canvas
25.4 x 33.0 cm
The Salvador Dalí Museum, St Petersburg, Florida

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