Monday, January 24, 2011

ArtTraveler: Dali and Picasso featured in gala Opera Gallery opening 28 Jan. in Bahrain

"Dos Hilanderas" by Jose Guerrero, 430 x 390 cm.

Back to the future.

Do you think Salvador Dali or Pablo Picasso ever imagined their works drawing elite crowds in the Middle East?

Doesn't matter: It's happening at the Opera Gallery in the West Atrium of the Harbor Mall, running from 28 Jan. to 2 Feb.

It features an estimated $4 milliion in Dali designed, gem-studded jewellery, salted with a few works by Picasso, Renoir, Botero, Marc Quinn and Romero Britto. An invitation-only viewing is slated for 27 Jan.

The familiy of artist Jose Guerrero and Granada's provincial government last week settled a dispute affecting 60 Guerrero paintings at the Centro Guerrero in Granada. The artist died in 1992.

In 1999, Guerrero's children loaned the works to Centro. When the provincial government sought to incorporate Centro into its contemporary art bureucracy, the artist's children threatened to withdraw the works.

They remain, however, on indefinite loan after the independence of the Centro was apparently assured.

As the 2012 Olympics approach, it's perhaps time to recall the work, "Citius, Altius, Fortius" by Malaga sculptor Manuel Berrocal Ortiz.

According to, Ortiz, born near Malaga in 1933, intended the 300 x 285 x 182 cm, sculpture of six moving elements to illustrate an athlete's concentration of physical and mental fitness.

The Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio recently acquired the 17th C. "The Infant Christ", a polychrome wood sculpture, by Spanish artist Juan Martinez Montanes. It is the first 17th C. Spanish sculpture added to the museum's permanent collection.

Rock on and practice peace and love.

And please see ArtTraveler videos on YouTube and look in on the life and times of Dutch walkers Rob and Joost, who are making the 1,000 km pilgramage from Seville to Santiago de Compostela (Via de la Plata).

Stefan, the ArtTraveler (TM).

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