We have chosen the title, ‘DEFINITELY DALÍ’, for the exhibit because the sculptures all carry the artist’s most significant iconic images and symbols. Even from across the room, everyone can recognize the melting clock, the space elephant, the thumb, and angels - all favourite subjects of Salvador Dalí.
These symbols appear throughout the artist’s oeuvre, on his paintings, drawings, lithographs, etchings and of course on his sculptures. Dalí’s art always plays on duality: Hard and Soft, Real and Unreal. While the Realistic aspect appeals to our rational understanding, the Unreal goes beyond it by invoking association and emotions on a deeper level. The sculptures are part of a limited edition of 350, created with the lost wax process. The flexibility of this process gave Dalí the freedom to morph his subjects into the most unusual forms and shapes.
The gallery created several exhibitions also showcasing monumental size Salvador Dali sculptures, set up at Vancouver's outdoor spaces:
View Definitely Dali 2017 - Sculpture Exhibited: Dance of Time I.
View Definitely Dali 2018 - Sculptures Exhibited: Woman Aflame & Surrealist Piano
View Definitely Dali 2019 - Sculptures Exhibited: Space Venus & Dalinian Dancer
The sculptures showcased in our exhibition are part of the Dalí Sculpture Collection. The collection consists of 29 extraordinary sculptures, all carrying the well-known Dalí imagery. The Dalí Sculpture Collection has been shown worldwide, in numerous prestigious galleries for millions to enjoy his unique language, cast in three-dimensional format. Each sculpture is accompanied by an official Certificate of Authenticity that is approved by both, Reynolds Morse, late President and Founder of the Salvador Dalí Museum in Florida and Robert Descharnes, world-renowned Dalí expert and the author of the only catalogue raisonné of Salvador Dalí sculptures.
“The surreal object is impractical, it serves only to move man, to stimulate and then to confuse. Therefore the surrealist object is made only to honour thoughts.” – Salvador Dalí