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Dali's works take vacations abroad

By MARY JANE PARK
Published May 27, 2007


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ST. PETERSBURG - Works from the Salvador Dali Museum are on tour this summer, most notably in Japan and Great Britain.

Director Hank Hine, museum trustee Karen Lang Johnston and her husband, Gene, a businessman and former congressman from North Carolina, traveled to Japan recently for the opening of "Centenary Exhibition: Dali Multifaceted" in the Nagoya City Art Museum.

Among the paintings, photographs and designs in the show are 18 works owned by the St. Petersburg museum. One is a dinner jacket with shot glasses sewn to it that belonged to Dali.

"They love it, " Karen Johnston said of her hosts. She received a standing ovation from the 300 or so attendees at the Nagoya opening May 11, after she gave a speech - in Japanese.

"It was really the experience of a lifetime for me, " she said of the trip. "It was beautiful. The Japanese really know ceremony."

Nagoya, one of Japan's largest cities, has a new airport and port and is home to Toyota Motor Corp.'s international sales headquarters.

Later this month, more items from the collection in St. Petersburg will be seen in "Dali and Film, " an exhibition that opens Wednesday in the Tate Modern in London.

"We're on the map, " Johnston said, with works from the St. Petersburg museum on exhibit or scheduled to be in Nagoya, London, New York and Los Angeles.

"We have a magnificent collection. This just puts us on the same level with them."

The "Dali and Film" exhibition will move to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then to St. Petersburg in February, the museum's Kathy White said.

"It's an exciting time for Dali, because people are beginning to understand the nuances of his work, " Johnston said, "focusing on his art instead of his personality."

[Last modified May 26, 2007, 18:49:01]


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