BROWNSVILLE, TN – Sept. 30, 2019 – The Tina Turner Museum will add to its collection the artwork of Italian Master Artist Daniele Dondé, "The Stradivari Rock," violin sculptures depicting iconic images of Tina Turner.
“The Stradivari Rock” collection is composed of antique instruments intricately painted and decorated with precious stones creating violin sculptures of fine art.
Dondé was born in 1950 in Cremona, Italy. He was the son of an art collector who learned quickly, after his parents’ death, that most of their masterpieces were forgeries. Finding there was a market for fakes, the idea was born to re- create "faux" art and make the work of the masters accessible to everyone. As an accomplished artist, Dondé patented a certificate for fakes in 1984 that legalized copying the masters and in the process created a global artistic movement - the art of reproduction.
He took his idea around the world and temporary art exhibitions of "legal fakes," appeared in major cities. In 1990, at his exhibition in Manhattan, New York, Dondé was given the honorary title of Professor and Doctor of modern and contemporary art from the prestigious American University PRO DEO.
In 2010, Dondé created a collection of "recycled/upcycled" pieces of art using authentic violins originating from the Stadivari School of Music in Cremona. Dondé's works can be seen in galleries in Switzerland, Japan and Dubai, as well as in temporary exhibitions throughout the world.
About the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center
The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, in Brownsville, offers a refreshing Southern experience showcasing the history and culture of rural West Tennessee. Inside visitors can learn about the history of cotton, explore the scenic and “wild” Hatchie River and get to know the legendary musicians who call West Tennessee home. Also located on the grounds is the Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner, and the last home of Blues pioneer Sleepy John Estes. An official Tennessee Music Pathways location, the Delta Heritage Center is also a featured stop along the Americana Music Triangle connecting Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans. To learn more about the Center, visit www.westtnheritage.com or call 731-779-9000.
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