Visitors to Oakridge Centre over the next three weeks are in for a special treat — the mall, in partnership with downtown Vancouver art gallery Chali-Rosso is hosting a special Meet the Masters art exhibition showcasing original works by both Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.
Held in a roped off section just a few steps away from the food court, the exhibit features mixed media from different stages of the European artists’ careers. A must-see is most certainly the pieces from the Dalí Sculpture Collection, such as Vision of the Angel representing the strength of God via a giant thumb from which all life emerges, and the pièce de résistance: the two-and-a-half-metre tall Surrealist Piano sculpture where a golden woman dances atop a piano that stands on human legs, valued at a cool $1.2 million.
“I don’t believe that art should only be showcased in galleries and museums, but also in free and public settings that are easily accessible to everyone,” said Susanna Strem, Owner and Curator of Chali-Rosso Art Gallery, in a news release.
“Oakridge Centre is the perfect place to display fine art by these two Spanish Masters, as it is a space where people of all ages, cultures and ethnicities come to shop, dine, meet friends, listen to music and view innovative exhibitions such as this one. Oakridge continues to enhance their customers’ mall experience by sharing the magic of art, and making it available to everyone to enjoy.”
A media and VIP reception on Sept. 20 kicked off the event where dancers from the Arts Umbrella performed for the audience, and guests were free to peruse the displays and nibble on canapés before the crowds arrived. My personal favourite was the famous Dance of Time I, also known as the melting clock, depicting the dynamic nature of time.
Meet the Masters is on until Sunday, Oct. 14 in the West Gallery of Oakridge Centre (650 West 41st Ave). Admission is free. For more information, head over to the website.