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Art Gallery: Unseen Salvador Dalí

Art Gallery: Unseen Salvador Dalí

What more is there to see of the familiar Surrealist? You'll be surprised

However, a gallery has just opened in Cork Street, Mayfair, that makes a big promise for its inaugural exhibition: the tantalising prospect of The Unseen Dalí. And, at least just this once, scepticism should be cast aside. Of over 40 works featured at Modern Masters Gallery, many of the drawings, paintings, watercolours, reliefs and collages, including the hand-signed original collage Yellow Napoleon (10), are, indeed, unfamiliar, at least to British audiences. This will be the first time they’ve travelled to the UK.

But you’ll, of course, be far more familiar with many of the sculptures. These include the iconic Lobster Telephone (1)and the Buste de femme retrospectif (11) which balances a baguette, a couple of figures and two inkwells on the head of a nude bust. Made with Dalí’s co-operation for the Galerie du Dragon in Paris in the Seventies, these are among the better recreations of the artist’s seminal sculptures of the 1930s.

Curated by Enrique Sabater y Bonany, the artist’s personal secretary from 1968 to 1981, and Beniamino Levi, who is a lifetime collector of the artist and former curator of Dalí Universe (which closed in January this year), Modern Masters does, surprisingly, offer us an Unseen Dalí. Whether you'll particularly want to see it - well, that's another matter.

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