A recent ARTnews investigative article highlights the ongoing legal actions and moral suasion initiated by the well-heeled Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation in an attempt to gain control of a prominent late artist’s legacy. For many years now, as reported by ARTnews, the Foundation has attempted to police a "murky backwater" of the Salvador Dalí oeuvre: "the production and sale of sculptures that were commissioned late in the artist’s life and continue to be cast and sold long after his death in 1989."
This past June, the Foundation prevailed in a three-year lawsuit against Museo Dalí Escultor ("Dalí Sculptor Museum") in which the latter held a commercial exhibition of Dalí memorabilia and late bronzes in Barcelona’s tourist area. The court agreed that the Dalí "brand" was being misused by the space’s owner and customers were deliberately misled into thinking that the Museo Dalí Escultor was an official Dalí museum. Although the Barcelona court’s decision is currently being appealed, the Foundation in the interim has moved forward with a petition to the court to shut down the Museo’s exhibition.