1910s landscapes and 1980s abstract painting: Manege to run the 'Salvador Dalí. Magic Art' exhibition.

January 3
Culture

'Salvador Dalí. Magic Art' exhibition opens in Manege Central Exhibition Hall on 28 January 2020. This big exhibition presents more than 180 artist's works, including paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints.

Guests will trace all stages of Dalí’s career, from the earliest impressionist landscapes of the 1910s to abstract paintings of the 1980s. The exhibition will primarily focus on his surrealism (1930s) and 'nuclear mysticism' periods (late 1940s and 1950s). Many works, such as 'Soft Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon' (1941), will be exhibited in Russia for the first time.

The exhibition has been organised by the Link of Times Cultural and Historical Foundation and the Fabergé Museum in collaboration with Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí (Figueres) and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), which have granted the painter's works from their holdings. The exhibition will also include Dalí’s works from private European collections.

Salvador Dalí. Soft Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon. 1941 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, UPRAVIS, Moscow, 2019

'Russia has never seen such a big and impressive Salvador Dalí’s exhibition. We are happy to be honoured to show the artist's works in Moscow,' said Vladimir Voronchenko, Chairman of the Board of the Link of Times Foundation and Director of the Fabergé Museum.

Salvador Dalí joined the surrealism movement in 1929. At the time, he was engaged in psychoanalysis and the theory of the unconscious, as well as paintings by the old masters. This period is illustrated by his works 'Enigmatic Elements in the Landscape' (1934), 'Figure and Drapery in a Landscape' (1935) and 'Ordinary Pagan Landscape' (1937), in which Dalí depicts Sigmund Freud's head.

From 1940 till 1948, Dalí lived in the United States, where he illustrated books, created theatrical sets and costumes, and made his first steps in directing. He staged his first 'paranoid' ballet 'Mad Tristan' in 1944 to the music by Richard Wagner, choreography by Leonid Myasin. The exhibition will feature several paintings related to this ballet.

Salvador Dalí. Mad Tristan. 1944 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, UPRAVIS, Moscow, 2019

Nuclear explosions in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 shocked the artist immensely and had a huge impact on his work. At this time, he painted his 'Dematerialization Near the Nose of Nero' (1947) dedicated to the phenomenon of splitting the atom.

Inspired by science and new technology, Dalí eagerly employed stereoscopy and holography in his 1960s paintings. The most significant work of this period is his stereoscopic diptych 'Dali from the Back Painting Gala from the Back Eternalized by Six Virtual Corneas Provisionally Reflected in Six Real Mirrors'.

In addition to paintings, guests will view Dalí’s graphic works, including drawings of the 1930s and 1940s, a complete series of prints to Dante's 'Divine Comedy' (1959–1963) and original illustrations for the book '50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship' Dalí wrote in 1948.

The exhibition will run until 25 March 2020.

Source: mos.ru

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