Among other tropes, warped, bent clocks were a stock-in-trade of Salvador Dalí. Now, one of those famous clocks is going to be on display in Vancouver.
For the first time in Canada, the bronze sculpture Dance of Time I will be displayed in all its glory for all to see. The unveiling is May 6 at 2 p.m. at West Hastings and Hornby streets.
Valued at $ 750,000, the seven-foot-tall piece will stay on public display until September 2017.
Chali-Rosso Art Gallery is lending the piece, which itself is on loan from The Stratton Institute. The Institute boasts the world’s largest collection of Dalí sculptures.
Conceived in 1979 and first cast in 1984, the Dance of Time I sculpture has previously exhibited in Paris, Marseille, Shanghai, and Beverly Hills.
“We felt that this would be a great year to bring this unique ‘timepiece’ sculpture to Canada in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary,” Chali-Rosso gallery owner/curator Susanna Strem said in a press release. The Chali-Rosso is Vancouver’s largest private gallery of European Modern Master collections.
“Over the past 150 years, Canada has been influenced by artists from around the world, and Canada continues to embrace the multitude of creative forms from all cultures. I feel honoured to be able to share this time-depicting sculpture with Canadians.”
The public display is part of a project titled Definitely Dalí, which will collect public donations and a portion of gallery sales for the non-profit arts education centre Arts Umbrella.
As part of the Definitely Dali project, the Chali-Rosso Gallery has 100 additional original Salvador Dali artworks, including 20 gallery size sculptures, at their 549 Howe Street location.
Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Púbol was born in 1904 in Catalonia, Spain. He died in 1989.
His best-known work is The Persistence of Memory, which was completed in August 1931. He worked in film, sculpture, and photography, and in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.