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went to see the permanent exhibition at County Hall last week. no major works there, but without exception the most impressive collection of his sculptures i've ever seen. they were the real treat, along with the furniture collection, and the huge Spellbound painting that he created at Hitchcock's behest for the now-famous movie.

shame the whole thing was so obviously used as a vehicle to shift Dali's expensive and not-so-limited edition lithographs. they were amazing though, and it made me realise just how many influences he had, as well as the sheer volume of work that the maestro actually produced. the many, many pieces can be forgiven though, and as his quote suggests:

"Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing".
10th Sep 2007, 23:27   | tags:,,

Dhamaka says:


10th Sep 2007, 23:33

Sprocket says:

good quote, I now feel justified in copying . . .

. . . er, maybe that's not quite what he meant, but it does pay the bills.

11th Sep 2007, 12:34

OJ says:

Great stuff. That last statue - a nymph of some sort - you've captured particularly well.

I'm surprised that they allow photography though.

11th Sep 2007, 13:01

nige says:

i say copy away sprocket :)

OJ, the statue is part of an Alice in Wonderland collection. i was surprised at how freely everyone was clicking pics too. there was not a security guard in sight at any point actually.

11th Sep 2007, 13:18

JD NLI says:

Have you been to the Dali/film exhibition at Tate Modern? I enjoyed it muchly

11th Sep 2007, 14:19

Sprocket says:

I think I shall have to trip up to London now to take in this exhib, just have to make sure I don't get sidetracked – wouldn't want to dilly-Dali on the way.

heh heh heh

*sniggers to self in sad way*

11th Sep 2007, 16:13

nige says:

oh my, Sprocket!

Jane, i haven't. i was surprised to have missed this one for so long - apparently it's been at County Hall since 2000!

11th Sep 2007, 16:33

Caine says:

Fab shots. I wish I could see it.

11th Sep 2007, 19:27

nige says:

thanks Caine-o. i think you'd like it.

11th Sep 2007, 20:15

Caine says:

I would. I'd also like to make off with a fair bit of the furniture. :D

11th Sep 2007, 20:40

nige says:

i loved the furniture! it was amazing and completely kitsch. the gold hand in the first pic is from a beautiful loveseat.

11th Sep 2007, 20:43

Caine says:

Ooh. I thought it was a chair. A loveseat's better. It would be so unreal to have a house full of Dali furniture. Living in the surreal.

11th Sep 2007, 21:46

JD NLI says:

Weren't the elephants marching along the south bank a bit of a giveaway?
I asume that that's the same exhibition I went to with Helen last year - or maybe even the year before that - time flies - or should that be melts ; )

11th Sep 2007, 22:17

nige says:

you bet Caine.

i didn't see any marching elephants. you must have been seeing things, JD ; )

11th Sep 2007, 22:25

Sprocket says:

I'm sure the elephants are still there,

11th Sep 2007, 22:27

nige says:


11th Sep 2007, 22:29

OJ says:

If it's still on, you might enjoy the V and A's Surrealism exhibition. It's design focussed and has some great furniture. Even reconstructions of whole rooms.

11th Sep 2007, 22:41

Sprocket says:

"It's surreal thing"

11th Sep 2007, 22:45

OJ says:

Ps. Have a couple of hours to kill in Ldn tomorrow. Perhaps I'll go. Is it on South Bank. Mind gone blank. . .

11th Sep 2007, 22:45

nige says:

it is. i think i'd like that. i'll check it out OJ.

it's on the South Bank, next to the Eye.

11th Sep 2007, 22:45

FilbertFox says:

me and BB went a few weeks ago, enjoyed it lots i have to say

19th Sep 2007, 19:12