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$3m Salvador Dali elephant to be unveiled at the Cube


A 6m-tall original bronze sculpture of an elephant by Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali is headed to McLaren Vale to take up temporary residence at the d’Arenberg Cube after arriving in the country this week.

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The monumental sculpture, Triumphant Elephant, is valued at $3 million and weighs three tonnes.

It will be unveiled next Thursday at the d’Arenberg Cube, where an exhibition of Dalí artworks is currently on show.

Curator of the Dalí exhibition, Art Evolution CEO Christopher Talbot, says South Australia’s response to Dalí at the Cube encouraged him to bring Triumphant Elephant here from Switzerland.

Visitors admire the sculpture outside the Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza, Italy.

“The success of ‘Dalí at d’Arenberg’ has been exceptional,” he says.

“These masterpieces are displayed in the most important cities in the world and in the spirit of Dalí, we are always looking for non-traditional locations to exhibit.

“The d’Arenberg Cube itself is a surrealist masterpiece – I really do think that Dalí would approve.”

The multi-million-dollar Art Evolution exhibition is on loan from the Dalí Universe in Switzerland, whose public Dalí exhibitions attract millions of art lovers around the world.

Another new sculpture being added to the display at the d’Arenberg Cube is Snail and the Angel, a 1.5m-tall sculpture.

“These are two masterpieces which have never been exhibited in Australia,” says  Dalí Universe international project manager James Sanders, who is flying to South Australia from Switzerland for the unveiling of the two works.

Triumphant Elephant will be the second “monumental” sculpture to join the exhibition – the first, Nobility of Time, currently sits at the entrance to the Cube.

The collection also features several sculptures of Dalí’s iconic soft watches, as well as limited-edition prints and paintings by Australia renowned surrealist artist Charles Billich.

Dalí at the d’Arenberg Cube is on until June 31, 2020.

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