On September 27, the Winnipeg Art Gallery will be launching two new exhibits. Here until the 25th of January, Up Close Dali and Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery are two very different exhibits connected by Dali’s magnificent and dramatic works.
Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is a group of paintings on loan from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The gallery was founded in 1959 by Lord Beaverbrook, who was born in Ontario but rose to political prominence in the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Lord Beaverbrook himself selected many of the original 300 paintings that were given to the gallery when it opened. Since then the collection has grown to more than 3,600 items. The items on loan here in Winnipeg are a collection of amazing paintings by both international and Canadian artists, including works by the Group of Seven and Lucien Freud.
The two exhibits are linked by Dali’s painting Santiago El Grande which is one of the paintings on loan from the Beaverbrook Gallery. It is an enormous work of art more than four meters high on which Dali painted the surreal figure of St. James arising from the ocean, astride the back of a white stallion.
You will find more of Dali’s artwork in the Up Close Dali exhibit which features a collection of photographs made by Dali with Philippe Halsman in the 1950s, jewellery designed by Dali, as well as drawings and paintings by the artist.
If you want to read up on either Dali or Lord Beaverbrook before visiting the art exhibition, the Winnipeg Public Library has a great selection of books on both men.
Salvador Dali by Christiane Weidemann is a comprehensive look at Dali’s career and life, and also discusses his fame and the impact of his art and legacy on Spain and Catalonia. The book pairs gorgeous colour illustrations with an in-depth look at the inspirations and visions behind Dali’s surreal art.
Dali by Robert Descharnes is an excellent biography and commentary on Dali’s incredible body of work. The books is written by one of Dali’s longtime friends, who is considered an authority on his life and work. This expertise lends itself to an intimate examination of Dali’s writing and artistic works.
Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, edited by Terry Graff, is a comprehensive guide to some of the most stunning works of art from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery collection. Many of these pieces will be coming to Winnipeg for the exhibit, so this is a great way to learn about some of the artwork before you see it in person.
Explore the man behind the gallery and read Beaverbrook: A Shattered Legacy by Jacques Poitras, a compelling biography that covers his early life, political career in Great Britain and his creation of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The book also explores the on-going legal battle between the art gallery and several charitable foundations established by Lord Beaverbrook with both groups claiming ownership of various paintings that Lord Beaverbrook purchased for the gallery.
These are going to be fantastic exhibits, so make sure you head down to the WAG before January 25 to take in the amazing artwork on display. For information on admission costs and the hours of operation, visit the WAG website.