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Monday, July 27, 2009

Exhibit: Surrealist Jewels

Surrealist Jewels

Jewelled Starfish brooch by Salvador Dali was a shocker in more ways than one

By Bernadette Morra

Spontaneity was one feature of Surrealism, the art movement which had a significant impact on the worlds of design, theatre, fashion, film, architecture, and advertising through the 1930s.

But there is nothing spontaneous about Salvador Dali’s Starfish brooch. Each arm of the life-size pearl, diamond, ruby and emerald pin is fully articulated so that it can wrap around a hand like fingers.

The brooch is just one of nine extraordinary fine jewelry pieces included in Surreal Things, an exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario which runs until August 30, 2009. - for more -


This show also features the jewelry works of Calder and art from most of the surrealist movement - Giorgio de Chirico, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, RenĂ© Magritte, Joan MirĂ³, Meret Oppenheim, Man Ray and Elsa Schiaparelli. Looks like something worth looking into!

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