This is surreal...Crown Fine Art brings Salvador Dali to the Middle East.
In collaboration with Opera Gallery, Crown managed two exhibition locations in a monumental tour of bronze elephantine sculptures by Salvador Dali. The show was the first time the artist's works have been exhibited in the region.
The exhibit consisted of two sculptures, Space Elephant and Triumphant Elephant, and is estimated to be worth approximately US $6 million, or AED22 million. As part of this tour, they were first presented at the Financial Centre Gallery in Bahrain last spring. Following a successful event, it was moved to the United Arab Emirates and displayed at the Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping and entertainment destination located in the heart of downtown Dubai.
Crown Fine Art was privileged to be entrusted with a technically sensitive project of this kind. We coordinated all aspects of the process: from sea freighting the eight mammoth sculptures, owned by the Dali Foundation in Switzerland, to clearance in Bahrain, full installation in Bahrain, then repeating the process for installation outside the main entrance of the mall.
At each installation, a dedicated team of ten crew members and two technical project managers worked throughout the night lowering each piece into position with the help of cranes, forklifts and a great many strong hands. All efforts ensured a flawless install/deinstall in a race against the clock — the sculptures had to be in place before the malls opened for business next morning.
The Dali tour is another good example of the Crown team's technical ability and representative of the diverse range of tasks Crown Fine Art can undertake in an evolving fine art market in the Middle East.