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SAFE 2012 – Salon de l’Art Fantastique Européen
Since 2006 the famous spa town of Le Mont-Dore, in the rich volcanic highlands of Auvergne, has hosted the international Fantastic Art exhibition SAFE (Salon de l’Art fantastique Européen). The event enjoys an excellent reputation in European art circles, and for good reason. Le Mont Dore has one of the oldest spa centers in France, built in 1817 in neo-Byzantine style. In addition, the city was the original model of the famous “Book of the Apocalypse”, created by Salvador Dali in the years 1958-61 in close collaboration with six other artists. The artist group “Dali‘s Heirs” has found in the midst of these cultural highlights a fabulous home.
For six years, the magnificent halls of the baths have hosted the annual meeting of imaginary artists from all over Europe. This new Temple of Surrealism has exhibited Austrian and German artists, such as, Angerer der Ältere, Peter Proksch, Michael Lassel, Michael Maschka and Siegfried Zademack. Although the exhibitions are held in the middle of Winter high in the mountains, they have still managed to attract over 6000 enthusiastic visitors.
This year’s theme is: “2012, Visions of a New World.” Many expectations abound about 2012, and possible endings of the world as we know it. The financial crisis in 2008 created frightening implications. Are we at the end of the easy times? In any case, people will gather on 11th February, for the visions of “Dali‘s heirs” to take in concepts for a better world.
Duration: 11th February – 10th March 2012
Les Thermes Le Mont-Dore
1 Place du Panthéon
63 240 Le Mont-Dore
Tel: +33 4 73 65 05 10