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Salvador Dalí exhibit on virtual display at The Biggs Museum of American Art

Salvador Dali's Illustrations for Les Chants de Maldoror and The Divine Comedy
A new exhibit is on display virtually at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover.

The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover is closed to the public through Saturday, January 30, 2021, in response to the growing COVID numbers in the First State and the recent stay-at-home advisory issued by Gov. John Carney. 


But there is still plenty to see - virtually.



While the galleries are closed, the Biggs is still offering a number of virtual programs and options to deliver the biggest exhibition of the year, Stairway to Heaven, which features illustrations by renowned surrealist Salvador Dali and more to the public.

Ryan Grover is the curator at the Biggs. He calls the Dali Exhibition a big show, “It covers two different groups basically  - groups of fine art prints that Dali had produced for different book projects - one in the 1930’s and one in the 1960’s. So we’re going to split them up and make them into two tours.” 


Grover went on to say, “In addition to that, we also have the actual grand curator - the person who actually put this show together - a man named David Rubin; he’s going to come and talk about symbolism of the Dali exhibition and the images basically that Dali created for these works.                                                                        

Grover also says this year, the Biggs’ annual holiday event “Happy Holidays” will transform into Dalí-Days.

He that visitors can enjoy festive virtual student performances, a kids-only gift shop with handmade items for sale and take-home Salvador Dalí and winter-themed art projects for children.

Grover says Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) is among the most recognized and eccentric artists of the 20th century. 

He says Dali layered the surreal imagery of his “paranoiac-critical method” onto hundreds of artworks, including paintings, theatrical designs, films, architecture, sculptures, jewelry and fine art prints.

Grover says that there are nearly 150 individual artworks on view - virtually - for this exhibition.

Delaware Public Media' s arts coverage is made possible, in part, by support from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.



Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.