- Title: RUSSIA: SALVADOR DALI EXHIBITION PREVIEWS IN MOSCOW
- Date: 25th July 1994
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (JULY 25, 1994) 1. GV CENTRAL HOUSE OF ARTISTS 0.04 2. CU DALI EXHIBITION POSTER 0.07 3. GV PEOPLE ENTERING EXHIBITION HALL 0.15 4. SVS PEOPLE LOOKING AT EXHIBITS 0.23 5. CU BRONZE SCULPTURE 0.28 6. GV PEOPLE LOOKING AT EXHIBITS 0.34 7. GV PINK COUCH ENTITLED "DALI AND GALI,TETE-A-TETE" 0.37 8. CU BRONZE WOMAN'S TORSO 0.45 9. GV/CU SCULPTURE "ELEPHANT IN THE COSMOS" 0.55 10.GV SCULPTURE OF KNIGHT FIGHTING DRAGON 0.59 11.CUS VARIOUS PICTURES 1.40 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
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- Story Text: Works of the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali could be previewed at Moscow's Central House of Artists on Monday (July 25), before the exhibition "Dali without Borders" opened on Thursday.
Dali, famous for his pathological fear of ants and trademark soft wristwatch motif, never visited Russia but apparently was impressed by the Soviet Union's founder, in his later years he professed a "glowing admiration for Lenin." The retrospective exhibition includes over 900 paintings, sculpture, furniture, and sketches, drawn from the collection of his secretary Michelle Broutta and from other collections in Germany and the United States.
The artist came across the Surrealist school at the end of the 1920s and embraced their aim to shock the middle classes at every turn.
He delighted in juxtaposing the bizarre with the ordinary, and created fantasy worlds with optical illusions to thrill and subvert.
His paintings abound with dead animals, human bodies doubling as furniture and clocks melting in the sun.
He lost the support of fellow surrealists as he became popular and his paintings collected -- by 1940 the surrealists had expelled him from their movement.
Increasingly his influence was seen in films and design. Alfred Hitchcock called on Dali to design a dream sequence for his 1945 film "Spellbound", and Dali's paintings were a powerful influence on pop art of the 1960s.
Many of the works on view in Moscow will be on sale, at prices between 600 and 21,000 United States dollars.
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