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Dali, Beaverbrook Exhibits Big Draw for WAG

February 24, 2015 2:05 PM | Entertainment

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali (WAG.CA)

Two blockbuster exhibits at the Winnipeg Art Gallery attracted more than 40,000 visitors.

Dali Up Close and Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery closed on February 22 after an extended run.

“This was Manitoba’s first major exhibition of Salvador Dalí and the response from the community has been amazing,” said Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG director and CEO. “Being relevant, meaningful, and welcoming are three things at the heart of the WAG mission — and for Dali, I would throw in fun!”

Both exhibits opened to record crowds last September and their popularity saw their run stretched for an additional four weeks than originally planned.

Dali Up Close brought to Winnipeg 68 works, including paintings, watercolours, drawings, jewellery, and sculpture, as well as the celebrated photographs produced with Philippe Halsman. Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery featured a selection of 75 international paintings by such artists as Gainsborough, Turner, Sargent, Carr, Thomson, Freud, Dali, and others.

The WAG will present new shows in February, including Elisapee Ishulutaq — Wanda Koop’s new suite of paintings, VIEW from HERE; L.L. FitzGerald’s Impressionist Decade, 1910-1920; and Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15; as well as the monumental Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin, opening on April 26.