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Largest-scale retrospective exhibition on surrealist artist Salvador Dali runs at DDP Updated: 2021-12-02 17:15:29 KST

One more day until the weekend, and as usual, our culture correspondent Kim Bokyoung has brought us information on ongoing exhibitions, performances and online concerts that take place this weekend.
Bo-kyoung what have you got?

That's right, the pandemic and climate crisis are hitting us hard and perhaps this could be the most appropriate time for us to think about surrealist art as it makes the familiar feel unfamiliar and demands a new perspective in thinking.
Luckily enough, Seoul's DDP is housing Salvador Dali's masterpieces from three major museums, and visitors can not only take a look at his artworks but also his personal life.
For those who are thinking about going, or those who would like to just have a peek, let me take our viewers on a virtual tour.

Keep an open mind and dive into Dali's artworks.
Be free and Dali will fill you with his knowledge and art.
That's what experts suggest visitors do when enjoying the largest-scale retrospective of the Spanish master of surrealism Salvador Dali.

"Dali is known for putting outlandish and dream-like landscapes on canvas. But it is never easy to see an extensive collection of his paintings. At Seoul's DDP, masterpieces from major Dali museums in Spain and the U.S are together in one place, inviting visitors to take a look at Dali's overall life and be immersed in his boundless creativity."

Around one-hundred-40 artworks have been gathered from three major Dali museums Dali's Theatre-Museum from the artist's birthplace of Figueres, Spain, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, and the Salvador Dali Museum in Florida.
From masterpieces with his iconic images of crutches and melting clocks, to a variety of sectors he got interested in making seminal films and animations, and designing the props for plays and movies, the exhibition highlights every aspect of his career.

"This sort of an exhibition with so much the multimedia pieces here would have been exactly what Dali would have wanted to show and this exhibition in Korea really demonstrates a very good understanding of Dali's love of the future and the present."

The experts say Dali was ahead of his time, and brought the new genre of surrealist art to a whole other level.

"Andre Breton once said about Dali that one of the things that he has given to surrealism was that he has opened windows of the way of thinking of surrealism."

"Dali was the person that first understood the 20th century and a lot of the things he does were not understood on his time. We understood them later. So going through this exhibition with that mentality trying to discover that Dali was basically the quintessential innovator, and rulebreaker, is actually very interesting."

Travel to Dali's homeland of Spain might be difficult right now, but the exhibition, which runs until March, means we can enjoy his masterpieces here instead.

I heard there is another exhibition where visitors can compare Salvador Dali's work with other surrealists. What is it?

That's right, those into surrealism are spoilt for choice with two exhibitions on at once.
As the title "Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen" suggests, Seoul Arts Center is displaying around one-hundred-80 original masterpieces from the museum in the Netherlands.
The site is well-known for holding the biggest collection of surrealist art in Europe, ranging from of course Salvador Dali, to Belgian painter Rene Magritte, and Andre Breton.
If the exhibition at Dongdaemun Design Plaza was about Salvador Dali's overall life and his works, this delves deeper into the genre of surrealism how it was introduced, how it contributed to the development of modern art and how it expresses unconscious desires.
The best part is that you can see how various artists tried different techniques to take surrealism to another level.

Like you said, a rare chance for those into surrealism. How long can we enjoy this virtual trip to the Netherlands for, and what are some of the main pieces on display?

The exhibition runs until March 6th, and visitors can see Salvador Dali's "Couple with Their Heads Full of Clouds" and Rene Magritte's "Not to Be Reproduced" which is a portrait of Rene's patron, Edward James, although his face is not depicted. The museum's curator suggests that surrealism is best enjoyed when visitors approach it with an open mind.

And K-pop stars BTS are making LA bounce amid the pandemic.
As far as I know, the show on December 2nd is the last concert, right?

Unfortunately that's correct, they already held three concerts on November 27th, 28th and December 1st.
An estimated 200-thousand fans will have seen them live over the four concerts,
and this final concert will also be livestreamed on the fan community platform Weverse
They are getting so much attention that even the Korean restaurants in LA's Korea Town are enjoying some extra business.
BTS said in an interview in 2017 that one particular restaurant selling intestines was their favorite in LA, and now that they are performing in the city, this "Ahgassigopchang" restaurant is enjoying the BTS effect.
For those who already miss BTS, don't worry because on December 3rd, they will perform at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, the largest year-end radio show in the U.S.
The 90-minute holiday event takes place at The Forum in Inglewood and includes other top artists like Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran and and Doja Cat.

BTS fans will definitely be looking forward to that show, how about other artists?

British artists Coldplay are throwing a virtual concert for fans in South Korea. Coupang's own OTT service Coupang Play is hosting the concert and it will be on December 4th starting 11:30PM.

Alright, thank you Bo-kyoung for sharing that info with us, I will see you next week.

Thank you.
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