Immersive exhibition on the life and works of Salvador Dali heading to Auckland

The immersive exhibition Inside Dali will be presented at the Spark Arena from May 28.

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The immersive exhibition Inside Dali will be presented at the Spark Arena from May 28.

Following the acclaimed success of Van Gogh Alive, another large-scale immersive exhibition at Spark Arena – a dive into the life and works of surrealist icon Salvador Dali.

A chronological journey through Dali’s life in pictures, Inside Dali weaves together some of his most famous pieces – The persistence of Memory, The Accommodations of Desire, The Burning Giraffe – with lesser-known works.

A space titled ‘Divine Comedy Room’ shows Dali’s controversial commission for Dante’s Inferno from Alighiere, while another room features huge screens showcasing moving masterpieces by Dali.

The exhibition, which will arrive in New Zealand on May 28 from Italy, is divided into four sections, including a hall of mirrors.

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A combination of art, animation, documentaries and soundtracks ensured the exhibition was accessible to all audiences, regardless of their level of artistic knowledge, said Frederico Dalgas Pandolfini of C&T Crossmedia in Italy. .

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Like Van Gogh Alive, the exhibition will incorporate moving works from floor to ceiling.

“Normally, when you walk through a classical exhibition with real pieces, people feel like they have to know something about the painter. With this, people don’t have to be afraid to stand in front of the works of ‘art.

Even for those who were familiar with Dali and his works, the exhibit would offer a never-before-seen insight into the life of the Spanish surrealist, Pandolfini said.

“Salvador Dali as a man has so many subjects. He has so much mystery, and there’s so much about him that no one really knows.

Guests will be able to view some of Dali's most acclaimed pieces, including The Persistence of Memory.

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Guests will be able to view some of Dali’s most acclaimed pieces, including The Persistence of Memory.

“When people visit this exhibit, they will understand how amazing it is.”

Pandolfini said the exhibit delves into Dali’s little-known personal life – including his 45-year marriage to wife Gala – and his professional life simultaneously.

“You walk out of the exhibit wanting to know more about him, but also about human life and the mind and how everything works,” he said.

The exhibition will delve into Dali's personal and professional life.

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The exhibition will delve into Dali’s personal and professional life.

Live Nation New Zealand chief executive Mark Kneebone said Inside Dali’s arrival was “huge” for the team.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to do anything at all, so we’re really, really excited to be able to open the doors for people again,” he said.

Kneebone said the exhibition would go ahead whether Auckland was at red or orange lights.

He said he expected there to be “even greater demand” than for Van Gogh Alive, an exhibit revered around the world.

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