Dalí heads to Brazil and looks set to break records
Rio de Janeiro host expects huge exhibition attendance during football's World Cup
By Laurie Rojas. Web only
Published online: 27 March 2014
A Salvador Dalí retrospective is due to open in Rio de Janeiro at the end of May two weeks before the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil. A record number of visitors is expected by the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, which is marking its 25th anniversary by showing the Spanish Surrealist's art.
The centre, which hosts shows that regularly appear among the top ten of The Art Newspaper’s annual visitor survey, expects to break its record of 8,099 daily visitors set by “Impressionism: Paris and Modernity” in 2013, featuring loans from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
Last year another Dalí retrospective proved the most popular exhibition in Europe, attracting huge crowds when shown in Paris and Madrid. At the Centre Pompidou in Paris 7,364 people went on average a day to see "Dalí" while at the Reina Sofía in Madrid the average was 6,615 visitors a day.
The exhibition in Brazil will include around 150 paintings, photographs, films and objects lent by the Reina Sofía, the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí in Figueres, Spain and the Dali Museum in St Petersburg, Florida. It is being organised by the curator Montse Aguer.
After opening in Rio (27 May-22 September) the Dalí exhibition is due to travel to the Instituto Tomie Ohtake in São Paulo in October.
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