Standing as high as seven metres tall, in some cases, these prominent sculptures create an awe inspiring and striking exhibit; captivating the viewer’s attention and drawing him / her into the enchanted and Surrealist world of Salvador Dalí .
Woman Aflame standing nearly four metres tall, combines important Dalinian motifs: flames and fire, crutches and the female figure intersected with drawers. The towering Space Elephant is another iconic form within the oeuvre of Salvador Dalí and Surrealist art. The spider-legged elephant image, made famous in Dalí’s 1946 oil on canvas painting The Temptation of St. Anthony, stands over seven metres high.
Since 1989, monumental sculptures from this collection have been displayed in the most important cities of the world; Rome, London, Beijing, Singapore, Sydney, Hong Kong and virtually every major city in Europe. Prestigious locations include: London, Southbank; Place Vendôme, Paris; the Opera House in Frankfurt, Germany; the Museum of Santa Croce, Florence; Monte Carlo, Monaco; the MGM Grand in Macau, and the Shanghai Art Museum, China. Incredible locations have hosted these monumental artworks which communicate Dalí ’s character, his obsessions, his fears and passions.
The monumental sculpture collection is a fitting celebration honouring the creations of an artist who still continues to inspire and captivate the public all over the world.
Major Surreal Sculptures on Public Display
The Salvador Dalí monumental sculpture collection has been exhibited in prestigious outdoor locations continuously since the 1980’s. Placed directly outside art galleries, or in city piazza’s, from New York to Beijing, these towering monumental bronzes work as pivotal public relations pieces, attracting media attention, generating press and publicity. Forming part of the Dalí Universe Collection, the sculptures stand as testimony to Dalí ’s surrealist genius in colossal format.
City mayors, academic institutions, culture governmental departments, senators, ambassadors, Ministers of Culture, amongst others, numerous Spanish cultural attachés have participated in exhibitions of this collection of Dalí monumental sculpture.
Salvador Dalí turned to sculpture as he felt it was the most complete way to express his inspired and otherworldly Surrealist visions. Constrained by the limitations of a flat canvas, Dalí’s creativity peaked when given the freedom of three-dimensional form. The following pages catalogue the world’s largest collection of Salvador Dalí monumental artworks.