The largest collection of Dali’s works seen in Ireland will form the centrepiece of Art In The Garden at the five-star Culloden Estate, Belfast, from June 15-30.
In conjunction with Gormleys Fine Art, 14 pieces from the Dali Universe in Switzerland will lead the exhibition which contains more than 120 sculptures, some of which are valued up to €500,000, and will be exhibited both in the grounds of the 12-acre estate and in the hotel.
The five-star Culloden Estate’s idyllic private grounds overlooking Belfast Lough is set to provide the perfect backdrop for the finest collection of sculpture to be displayed on the island of Ireland.
Inside the hotel there will be rooms devoted to Warhol and street artist Banksy as well as a Modern Masters Collection in the Ailsa Suite featuring Picasso, Miro and Lucien Freud.
“Art In The Garden will give art lovers a unique opportunity to view these incredible pieces of work in the beautiful surroundings of the Culloden Estate and Spa,” said Oliver Gormley.
Less well known than his painting, Dali’s sculpture is equally mind boggling, and includes three dimensional versions of his famous melting clocks.
The outdoor sculptures will include Dance of Time III and Lady Godiva by the legendary surrealist, Salvador Dali.
Both pieces measure almost two metres tall and will be displayed outdoors in the hotel’s landscaped grounds. Twelve further works by Dali will be displayed within the hotel.
Ireland’s own surrealist sculptor, F.E. McWilliam (1909-1992) was a native of Banbridge, Country Down and fittingly, his work is also included in the exhibition.
Among the 40 artists featured at Art In The Garden are Patrick O’Reilly, Anthony Scott, Ian Pollock, Eamonn Ceannt, Michael Quane, Orla De Brí, Paddy Campbell, Sandra Bell, Bob Quinn, and Eamon Higgins.
Paintings by Damien Hirst, Robert Indiana, Grayson Perry, Tom Wesselmann, Keith Haring and Julian Opie will be on show in the hotel along with work by Irish artists such as Peter Monaghan, Stephen Johnston, Stephen Forbes and Kenneth Webb.
The exhibition runs from June 15-30, 11am to 7pm, with guided tours around the Art In The Garden installations daily at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.
“We have worked with Gormleys Fine Art in organising the exhibition and I am confident that visitors will truly appreciate the collection of work that has been put together,” said Howard Hastings, Managing Director of Hastings Hotels.
The Culloden Estate is offering special Art In The Garden breaks with luxurious overnight accommodation, full Irish breakfast and entry into the exhibition from only £230 per room.
To book an Art Afternoon Tea or overnight break, call the Culloden Estate & Spa on 028 9042 1066 or to find out more about Art in the Garden go to www.hastingshotels.com
See also gormleys.ie, thedaliuniverse.com, and hastingshotels.com
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