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Dali: Mind of a Genius - The Exhibition

By: deliatoh on 15 Jun 2012
Ever wondered what intriguing thoughts run inside the mind of an artist? Now, you will have the opportunity to gaze into the imagination of one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century, Salvador Dali (1904-1989). Catch Dali: Mind of a Genius- The Exhibition, held at ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands from May 14 2011 to 30 October 2011.

Salvador Dali was a Spanish painter who began his work in 1922 when he moved to study in Madrid. His early experimentation with various artforms included Cubism and surrealist depictions, especially during the period leading up to World War 2. After which, he gradually moved from painting to art in other forms such as bulletist and novelist media. He was bestowed the title of Marqués de Dalí de Púbol in 1982, which was a noble title in Spain.

Visitors can expect a large range of art mediums to be featured at the exhibition, showcasing the versatility and creativity of the artist. Bronze sculptures, graphics and furniture, among others, will be featured. Dali also designed various gold trinkets and jewellery, which will also be one of the highlights of the exhibition. Together, they bring out the vast imagination of Salvador Dali, epitomised in these beautiful masterpieces which will greet you at the museum.

The exhibition will be categorised according to the various concepts Dali has conceived in producing his works.

Firstly, “Femininity and Sensuality” will bring out the various depictions of the female form, displaying the artist's appreciation for the perfection and beauty of the human body. One of the important pieces that precisely symbolises that idea is the sculpture, Woman Aflame.

Woman Aflame

Woman Aflame depicts a female figure with drawers emerging from her body and spontaneously combusting (not literally, don't worry). Its uniqueness stems from the fact that it merges both the imagination and reality in this exquisite bronze sculpture.

Secondly, “Religion and Mythology” tells the story of Dali's impression of his religion and the Church. For those fascinated by mythology and legends, don't miss some of the important works in this section. The Snail and the Angel is but one of the many pieces that bring out the essence of legend and folklore.

The Snail and the Angel

Literally a bronze figurine of a tiny angel perched upon a large snail, this artwork initially fools you into thinking it is meant to be taken as it is: simply a snail and an angel. However, the meaning behind this piece is that the snail has been empowered and given wings by the angel such that it no longer only crawls slowly, but is now able to fly. It is hence pretty interesting how simple depictions actually unfold many other stories of religious origin within them.

Finally, the “Dreams and Fantasy” segment of the exhibition is perhaps the most abstract and most intriguing of all three. This is where Dali truly brings out character and the ever-complicated world of the human psyche. One of the famous pieces featured in this category is the Dance of Time I.

Dance of Time I

The Dance of Time I depicts a clock being twisted in various directions. It is meant to portray time (and hence beauty, memories and youth) as perishable, symbolising its ephemeral nature. Another sculpture in the same vein would be the Persistance of Memory. It also depicts a flexible clock draping itself over a wilted tree. This, once again, represents the fleeting nature of time. The flexibility of the clock also shows how time is subjective based on human perception, despite being precise scientifically.

Persistance of Memory

Perhaps the concept of Dreams and Fantasies is most aptly portrayed in this next masterpiece, Alice in Wonderland. Like the protagonist of the story, Dali was fascinated by the endless possibilities of fantasies and adventure. Hence, Alice was portrayed in the sculpture in the form of surrealism.

Alice in Wonderland

Hence, come experience for yourself the artistic genius of one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th Century, at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands.

The ArtScience museum is located at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, 018956, opening hours 10am to 10pm daily. Admission into the ArtScience Museum is:
Adult - $30.00
Senior (65 years +) - $27.00
Child (2 - 12 years) - $17.00
School Group - $10.00
Group Sales* - $24.50 (min 25)

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