Shrewsbury is mostly known as the birthplace of Charles Darwin, but it is also known for riverbank walks along the Severn, sprawling woodlands and parks, and quaint architecture. What it is not known for, however, is the surrealist work of Salvador Dalí. Until now that is.
Most of us will recognise the work of Dalí: melting watches, elephants on stilts and lobster telephones. His artwork has been presented in some of the most legendary art galleries in the world. But three of his sculptures will make their unexpected British debut this year in the quaint market town of Shrewsbury.
The town, which is less than an hour’s drive from Birmingham, will host its yearly Shrewsbury Arts Trail this July through August. This year’s theme focuses on ‘Movement’ and will promote a mix of local artists and international artists. It was chosen to mark the 350th birthday of local choreographer and writer John Weaver, who had a major influence on British ballet.
Artwork by local artists will interpret this theme and be on display at three main locations: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Theatre Severn and The Parade. With a host of exhibitions and events taking place at other venues. You’ll also find work from famous artists like Banksy, Damien Hirst, Barbara Hepworth, L S Lowry, Fabian Perez, JPR Stitch, Jacob Chandler and Michael James Talbot.
But the real coup, of course, is the Salvador Dalí, whose statues will be displayed at The Soden Collection. The three works consist of three bronze sculptures, Surrealist Piano made in 1954, Homage to Terpsichore from 1977, and Dalínian Dancer from 1949. The sculptures are on loan from the Swiss-based Dalí Universe group.
To learn more about the Shrewsbury Arts Trail head here.