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Salvador Dali’s name is nearly synonymous with surrealism. However, he was also highly influenced by classical artists such as Vermeer and Velasquez. Their influence was evident in the drawings, etchings and lithographs at Galerie Michael; there was even a collection of homages to Durer. Surrealism and standard Dali symbolism including elephants and crutch-like scaffolds were more evident in the book illustrations and sculptures. Attendees were most impressed and surprised by the Dali illustrations from Freud’s last book. Many of the sculptures exhibited are editions of the works on display in the London Dali Museum. In addition to the anticipated works, there were a few surprising pieces using atypical mediums such as silver medals and synthetic resin relief.
There is a quote by Dali, “Beauty should be edible or not at all.” In the case of Indulchi’s surreal Dali-inspired nibbles, it was definitely edible. Inspired by the works of Dali, Indulchi’s nibbles were crafted using quail eggs, bee pollen, pomegranite, and other Dalinian ingredients. The crickets in “The Great Masturbator” were the talk of the room, edging out even the more risque “Creme Fraiche Ejaculation.” Dali impersonators and a very fine champagne served to make the evening complete. Galerie Michael also has a number of Picassos, Chagalls and other art stars to peruse in the back rooms. Whether you are a collector of fine art or simply an admirer, Galerie Michael is a hidden gem.