2018 Annual Appeal

The National Gallery of Victoria has an extraordinary opportunity to become the first public collection in Australia to acquire a painting by renowned Surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí. The NGV is launching a major campaign to raise funds and ensure this impressive work finds its home in Australia.

Trilogy of the desert: Mirage, 1946, was the centrepiece of a triptych commissioned by William Lightfoot Schultz, founder of Shulton Cosmetics, to promote Desert Flower, a new brand of perfume and makeup for women. The image shows an arid Spanish landscape upon which emerges a meticulously drawn but fragmented Renaissance architectural fantasy; at the centre, a desert flower blooms from a classical bust of the Apollo Belvedere. Trilogy of the desert: Mirage,1946, perfectly encapsulates Dalí’s middle period when he reinvented himself and his approach to art.

For more information, please view the brochure

We warmly welcome donations of any amount and thank you for considering a contribution to make this acquisition possible.

There are a number of ways to donate:

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Direct deposit:
Bank: Westpac Banking Corporation
Account Name: Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria – Donations
BSB: 033 009
Account Number: 621 445

Please quote AA2018 and your surname on the electronic transfer and provide your details either by email (ngv.foundation@ngv.vic.gov.au) or by phoning the NGV Foundation (03 8620 2415) so that we can acknowledge your donation.

Please call the NGV Foundation on 03 8620 2415 and we can process your donation over the phone, or post out a donation form.

NGV Foundation
National Gallery of Victoria
PO Box 7259
Please make cheques payable to the National Gallery of Victoria.

All donations of $2 and more are tax deductible.

If you are interested in making a significant gift to this campaign, please contact Misha Agzarian, Associate Director, Fundraising, on 03 8620 2392 or misha.agzarian@ngv.vic.gov.au.

Salvador Dalí’s Trilogy of the desert: Mirage 1946

Articles on Salvador Dalí’s Trilogy of the desert: Mirage, 1946 and the 2018 Annual Appeal

Collection Appeal – Part one | Salvador Dalí’s Trilogy of the desert: Mirage, 1946

31 Jan 18

Collection Appeal – Part two | Salvador Dalí’s Trilogy of the desert: Mirage, 1946

15 Mar 18

Collection Appeal – Part three | Salvador Dalí’s Trilogy of the desert: Mirage, 1946