Yamandu Canosa artwork H407

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June 16 @ 10:00am 8:00pm

Museum members are invited to preview the special exhibition The Visit, a project by Yamandú Canosa, prior to the exhibit opening to the public. Please enjoy a members-only first look in the Hough Gallery on the Museum’s third floor.

Member Preview Days:
Thursday, June 16 (10am – 8pm; last reservation at 6:30pm)
Friday, June 17 (10am – 6pm; last reservation at 4:30pm)

Members are required to RSVP through the link below. Time slots are limited. Please review the Museum’s health and safety measures prior to your visit.

Previews are exclusively for Museum members. Not yet a member? Join today.

About the Exhibition
The Visit presents the work of Uruguayan-Spanish artist Yamandú Canosa (born 1954). Through the exhibition, Canosa creates a contemplative dialogue between Surrealism and contemporary art. In the words of the artist, “The exhibition is intended as a visit that contemporary art pays to the house of Surrealism. One of the great legacies of the surrealist movement is its aesthetic complexity. This is confirmed by its permanence in today’s art. Surrealism is about an attitude, not aesthetic formulas: it is a way of looking at and relating to experience”.

The meditative installation explores Salvador Dalí’s environment in Port Lligat, Spain, where Dalí lived and worked throughout his lifetime. The works relate the viewer to the horizon, while alluding to the Bay of Port Lligat: the beach, the Tramontana wind, Dalí’s house and the island of Sa Farnera. Canosa’s installation also incorporates the Dibujos ciegos (Blind Drawings), a series of performative works on paper created through a drawing process that elaborates on surrealist practices.

The exhibit includes new and previous notable works by the artist, including paintings, drawings and photographs, plus a small selection of related Salvador Dalí works from the Museum’s renowned collection. A portion of the Museum’s Hough Gallery will be transformed into a dramatic installation designed by the artist specifically for the Museum. Organized by The Dalí, the project is curated by Dr. William Jeffett, chief curator, who has previously published about the artist’s work.

The presenting sponsor of The Visit is Sabal Trust.

With additional support from Institut Ramon Llull, Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Anonymous Special Exhibition Individual Donor.

Image: Detail from Yamandú Canosa’s H-407, 1992, Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 45 cm. © Yamandú Canosa / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2022