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Celebrating 100 years of surreal Dalí
WORLD-wide celebrations kicked off in earnest this week for the centenary
of Salvador Dalí. They will range from museums in Barcelona, the United States, and
the Netherlands to his childhood home of Figueres, in Catalonia.
But the 100th anniversary of Dalí’s birth will pass quietly
at the home of one of his most famous works. The St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life
and Art in Glasgow has no plans to mark his birthday, 11 May.
The museum attracts more than 185,000 visitors a year from Scotland and
overseas, many of them undoubtedly drawn by the picture that has pride of place, Christ
of St John of the Cross.
The 1951 painting ranks with 1931’s The Persistence of Memory, also
known as The Limp Watches, as one of the landmarks of the surrealist painter.
"We have got a whole lot of other exhibitions and other things that
we are working on," said Harry Dunlop, the St Mungo manager, yesterday. "There’s
Barcelona this week is staging the first of a string of Dalí offerings
for 2004. "Salvador Dalí and Mass Culture" showcases many of the artist’s
lesser-known works, including drawings, photographs, manuscripts, postcards and films. The
exhibition will then tour to Madrid, Rotterdam, and the Dalí Museum in Florida.
The artist’s fascination with Don Quixote is the theme of another
exhibition set for La Pera, in Catalonia, with sketches and watercolours drawing their inspiration
from Cervantes’ classic Spanish novel. And from June to September, the Miró
Foundation in Barcelona will highlight Dalí’s role in the Yellow Manifesto,
the avant-garde art world’s 1928 challenge to the cultural establishment of the day.
Other exhibitions in Spain will look at the science behind the optical
illusions in Dalí’s art; at his long admiration for his fellow Catalan, Antoni
Gaudí, the architect; and his friendship with the poet Federico García Lorca,
killed in the Spanish Civil War. His beloved home-town of Figueres will host "Intimate
memories: the childhood and youth of Salvador Dalí".
Glasgow City Council stressed yesterday that there are no plans to move
the Dalí painting back to its long-time home, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum,
when it reopens after refurbishment in 2006.
Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden, the head of a refurbishment appeal that has
raised more than £3 million, has made plain his wish that it be returned.
Lord Macfarlane and Neil McGregor, the director of the British Museum,
are among those said to have been inspired by the sight of the painting hanging in its former
But a council spokesman said that with the opening of St Mungo’s
in 1993, the Dalí was given a prime place in Glasgow’s historic centre. "It’s
been very impressively displayed there for visitors," he said.
The image of Christ is painted as if the artist is looking down from above
the cross, and a viewing platform in the museum skilfully exploits the effect.
"The council is keen that the Dalí continues to be displayed
there and Kelvingrove is not an option at the present time anyway," the spokesman added.
Fri 6 Feb 2004