Quarter million visit Salvador Dali exhibition in Turkey

A quarter million people visited Spanish surrealist painter's exhibition in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

Quarter million visit Salvador Dali exhibition in Turkey

A quarter million people visited Spanish surrealist painter's exhibition in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

Around 250,000 people visited the exhibition displaying works of art of surrealist artist Salvador Dali at Istanbul's Sabanci University Sakip Sabanci Museum in four months, an executive of Akbank--sponsoring the exhibition said on Wednesday.

The exhibition "Salvador Dali: A Surrealist in Istanbul" was inaugurated on September 20, 2008 and ended on February 1, 2009.

The exhibition consisted of 385 works of this renowned artist, and included 33 paintings, 113 drawings, 111 engravings and 12 works of lithography from the primary collection in addition to letters, notes and photographs of the artist.

Salvador Dali is considered as the greatest artist of the surrealist art movement and one of the greatest masters of art of the twentieth century.

His talent as an artist showed at an early age and Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dali received his first drawing lessons when he was ten years old. His art teachers were a then well known Spanish impressionist painter, Ramon Pichot and later an art professor at the Municipal Drawing School.

Dali began to study art at the Royal Academy of Art in Madrid. He was expelled twice and never took the final examinations.

In 1928, Dali went to Paris where he met the Spanish painters Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro. He established himself as the principal figure of a group of surrealist artists grouped around Andre Breton, who was something like the theoretical "schoolmaster" of surrealism.

By 1929 Dali had found his personal style that should make him famous. Recurring images of burning giraffes and melting watches became the artist's surrealist trademarks. His great craftsmanship allowed him to execute his paintings in a nearly photo-realistic style.

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