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Salvador Dali's mustache is still in Spain, but his art is on view in Minneapolis

Salvador Dalí, Spanish, 1904–1989. "Aphrodisiac Telephone," 1938. Plastic, metal. Minneapolis Institute of Art, The William Hood Dunwoody Fund 96.2. © Salvador Dali, Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Minneapolis Institute of Art

The body of famous Surrealist painter Salvador Dali has been under ground and decaying since 1989, but his signature eccentric mustache is still intact. This shocking discovery was made last Thursday when his body was exhumed in order to collect samples for a DNA test that a judge ordered last month, to find out if a woman claiming to be Dali’s daughter actually is. 

“The mustache kept its classic 10-past-10 position,” Lluís Peñuelas, the secretary general of the foundation that oversees Dalí’s estate, told reporters on Friday, according to reports from the New York Times.

Dali’s body, which was buried in 1989, was exhumed from a crypt beneath the museum he had designed in his hometown of Figueres in the Catalonia region of Spain, after a woman named Pilar Abel, a 61-year-old Tarot card reader, claimed that  Dali was her paternal father. Abel says she was born of what she has referred to as a “clandestine love affair” that her mother had with Dali in the late 1950s at Port Lligat, a fishing village where Dali and his Russian-born wife Gala, built a waterfront home.

Abel filed the lawsuit against the Spanish government and the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation in 2015. If evidence proves that Abel is the daughter of Dali, she will be able to claim part of his estate, left to the Spanish state, which is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

In light of this news, there’s no better time than the present to go see Dali’s works of art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, which hosts several of Dali’s works on view in Mia Gallery 376, along with other Surrealist works. True to Dali’s legacy, his artwork is as surreal as this lawsuit. 

Salvador Dalí, Spanish, 1904–1989. "Portrait of Juan de Pareja, the Assistant to Velázquez," 1960. Oil on canvas. Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gift of Mrs. John Sargent Pillsbury, Sr. 84.5 © Salvador Dali, Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Justin Bieber cancels U.S. Bank Stadium show and other summer dates

Justin Bieber in happier times last year. / Photo by Chris Pizzello, Invision/AP

Justin Bieber in happier times last year. / Photo by Chris Pizzello, Invision/AP

For reasons as murky as some of his off-stage shenanigans, Justin Bieber has called off the rest of his Purpose Tour, including the Aug. 18 concert at U.S. Bank Stadium. No rescheduled dates are expected, so tickets will be refunded for the Minneapolis show and all other venues at the point of purchase.

“Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them,” reads a statement from Bieber’s publicists, who simply cited “unforeseen circumstances” as the reason for the cancellations. Here’s what else they had to say:

“He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose World Tour over last 18 months. He is grateful and honored to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across 6 continents during this run. However, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates.”

Bieber, 23, has yet to make any comment himself on social media or elsewhere about the 15 cancelled shows, which also included dates in Tokyo and his native Ontario's capital city, Toronto. The tour actually started last year and has already completed 154 dates, counting last summer's prior Minneapolis gig at Target Center.

It's likely the kid was getting sick of touring, but the mass public may have also been getting a little tired of Bieber. While ticket sales to the U.S. Bank Stadium show started out hot, they have cooled significantly in recent months. A search on Stubhub today found ample floor seats near the stage available for just over $100, while upper-deck tickets were plentiful for around $25. 

Stubhub and most other online resale sites will refund all purchases, but fans who paid jacked-up prices to private ticket scalpers could eat the mark-up costs on those tickets.

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