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US museum brings Dali’s dreams to life

By AAP Newswire

Spanish master Salvador Dali visited Texas in the 1950s, when he was already a world famous artist, thanks to his experiments with surrealism starting two decades earlier.

The Meadows Museum, nicknamed the "Prado on the Prairie," in Dallas is giving the public an opportunity to dream in technicolour again with a new exhibition that runs until December 9.

The exhibition, "Dali: Poetics of the Small," looks at the first surrealist phase of Dali (1904-1989) through small-scale paintings that allow visitors to experience the artist's attention to detail and symbolism.

In 1952, Dali attended a conference about art and mysticism organised by Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, where he discussed his signature style.

The artist told the Dallas Morning News that he was enchanted by the light in Texas because it reminded him of his homeland and had been having dreams in technicolour, "the best dreams because they're uncommon, they don't even happen in New York."

"Dali: Poetics of the Small" is made up of 21 works created between 1929-1936 no bigger than 30cm, in which the artist reveals his complex mental processes and the technical quality that gave him international recognition.