Two Shows, One Ticket: WAG Welcomes Dali to Winnipeg for First Time

Winnipeg, MB, September 24, 2014: On September 27, the Winnipeg Art Gallery will launch Dalí Up Close and Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery – two shows featuring major works by Salvador Dalí, the famed Spanish Surrealist. Canvases by the artist, including the massive and rarely traveled Santiago El Grande, will appear in Winnipeg for the first time.

“After the success of 100 Masters: Only in Canada, our visitors asked for more international art – and we are delivering,” states Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery offers one of the finest European collections in Canada, including the best in British art. Dalí Up Close brings Dalí to Winnipeg for the first time. Two fabulous shows, one ticket, and the opening night is FREE for all!”

Both exhibitions will open at 8pm at Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, the city’s annual all-night celebration of the arts, and run until January 25, 2015. Visit to read the stories behind the art and find out about related events, programs, and contests.

Organized by WAG curator Andrew Kear, Dalí Up Close presents major paintings, watercolours, drawings, jewellery, and sculpture, as well as the celebrated photographs produced with Philippe Halsman. This exhibition will expose audiences to that broad side of Dali who worked ceaselessly, while crafting a fantastic and memorable public persona.

Parallel show Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery commemorates the Beaverbrook's 50th anniversary and includes an uncompromising selection of 75 paintings spanning four centuries of international art. These works, originally amassed by the Canadian-born businessman, media mogul, and confidant of the rich and powerful William Maxwell Aitken (Lord Beaverbrook), constitute one of North America’s unparalleled collections. Big names like Thomas Gainsborough, JMW Turner, John Singer Sargent, Emily Carr, Tom Thomson, Lucian Freud, Salvador Dalí, and many more are represented.

“Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, which is currently touring North America, provides a window into Lord Beaverbrook’s aesthetic sensibility, collecting motives, and the integral relationship between his life in England and his Canadian heritage,” comments Terry Graff, Director/CEO and Chief Curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. “We are delighted and very proud to present one of Canada’s greatest national cultural treasures to audiences at the WAG.”

In scale and substance, three masterworks by Dalí—the companion portraits of Aitken’s friend and business associate Sir James Dunn and Dunn’s third wife, as well as Santiago El Grande—form the Beaverbrook exhibition’s unquestionable centrepiece.

Santiago El Grande is widely considered one of Dalí’s most accomplished paintings. Measuring more than four meters high, Santiago El Grande depicts the patron saint of Spain rising from the ocean on a white horse. Sitting at the foot of this Dalí, the viewer gets a 3-D effect of a Saint James and his charging horse. At once majestic and unsettling, it demonstrates the artist’s great technical mastery, his deep appreciation for the history of art, as well as the disorienting dream-like quality that has come to be associated with his work.

Admission for the run of the shows includes a free audio tour – Members: $4, Adult: $18, Student: $14, Senior (60+) $14, Child (5 and under) Free, Family (2 adults, up to 4 children) $46. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the WAG’s front desk. For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is organized and circulated by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery with the support of the Museums Assistance Programs of Canadian Heritage, presenting sponsor TD Bank Group and supporting sponsor McInnes Cooper. Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Dalí Up Close are made possible with the support of: the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres; The Mauro Family Foundation Inc.; Qualico Group Ltd.; Ernst Hansch Foundation/Terracon; McCain Foundation; Melet Plastics; KPMG; Cambrian Credit Union; McFadden Benefits & Pensions; Red River Cooperative; Lawton Partners; Air Canada; Inn at the Forks; and HutK. Creative Partners: Doowah Design, Visual Lizard, and Esdale Printing. Media Partners: Winnipeg Free Press, CTV, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, Travel Manitoba, Winnipeg Airport Authority, Virgin 103, Classic 107, and Underworld Scuba & Sport.

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media and Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery

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