Monday, May 17, 2010

Beaverbrook Art Gallery loaning Dali painting to Atlanta (excerpts from CBC NB posting of May 14/10)

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is giving up its most famous painting for the summer in the hope that it will draw future tourists to the Fredericton gallery.

Salvador Dali's Santiago El Grande is leaving the Beaverbrook Art Gallery for the first time since it arrived in 1959 so it can be part of an exhibit in Atlanta, Ga.

The Dali painting is often used in promotional material to draw tourists to New Brunswick's capital city.

In Santiago El Grande, Dali painted the patron saint of Spain rising over the coast of Spain at Campostella on a white Lipizzan stallion.

The gallery is preparing the three by four-metre painting for travel, which will take months. Visitors to the gallery can observe the process until the painting leaves in July.

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