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Published 13 July 2019

Exhibition

Dali, a history of painting

Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, Monaco
Saturday 6 July 2019 - Sunday 8 September 2019
Ends in 17 days 18h

This retrospective is conducted in collaboration with the Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dalí. In this year, the 30th anniversary of the artist’s death (1904-1989), the Dali exhibition a history of painting, offers the public an exceptional journey through Dali’s artistic production and allows it to discover the different stages of the artist’s creation. It not only offers a retrospective view of Dali’s work, but also reveals how the painter has become enshrined in the history of twentieth century painting.

 - Salvador Dalí, Figures lying on the sand, 1926 Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí Adagp, Paris 2019
Preview thumbnail for artwork Salvador Dalí, Figures lying on the sand, 1926 Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí Adagp, Paris 2019
Preview thumbnail for artwork Salvador Dalí, Enigmatic elements in a landscape, 1934 Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Adagp, Paris 2019
Preview thumbnail for artwork Imperial violets 1938 Oil on canvas, 100 x 142.5 cm. Cat. no. Razonado 0474 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala- Salvador Dalí/VEGAP, Figueres, ! 2019
Preview thumbnail for artwork Salvador Dalí, Dalí Seen from the Back Pain7ng Gala from the Back Eternalised by Six Virtual Corneas Provisionally Reflected by Six Real Mirrors. Stereoscopic Work, 1972-1973 Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Adagp, Paris 2019
Preview thumbnail for artwork Salvador Dalí, Memory of the child-woman, 1929 Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sora Photographic Archives Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sora © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Adagp, Paris 201
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In line with the great monographs of twentieth century artists presented at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco (SuperWarhol in 2003, Monaco Celebrates Picasso in 2013 and, more recently, Francis Bacon, Monaco and French Culture in 2016), the summer 2019 exhibition will be dedicated to “Dali, a History of Painting” curated by Montse Aguer, Director of the Dali Museums. The public will thus be able to discover the different steps of his creation and to recognize the imprint of the different painters who influenced him, and to whom he paid homage. The selection includes, to date, approximately one hundred works, including paintings, drawings and photographs, mostly from the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation in Figueres and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.

Every summer, the Grimaldi Forum Monaco produces a major thematic exhibition, dedicated to a major artistic movement, to a heritage or civilisation theme, to a public or private collection, or to any subject in which the renewal of creativity is expressed. This provides an opportunity to highlight its assets and its specificities : the offer of a space of 4,000m2 to create in complete freedom, making available the most powerful technological tools for the scenography of the event, being able to rely on the best specialists in each field to ensure the scientific quality of its exhibitions.

In line with the great monographs of twentieth-century artists presented at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco (Super Warhol in 2003, Monaco celebrates Picasso in 2013 and more recently Francis Bacon, Monaco and French culture in 2016), the exhibition of summer 2019 will be dedicated to "Dali, a history of painting" (from 6 July to 8 September), curated by Montse Aguer, Director of the Musees Dali. This event is supported by the Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dali.
In this year that commemorates the 30th anniversary of the death of the artist (1904-1989), the Dali, a history of painting exhibition offers the public an exceptional journey through the painter's artistic production. The selection brings together paintings, drawings, documentation and photographs dated from 1910 to 1983 and reveals the different stages in the artist's creativity. It not only offers a retrospective view of Dali's work, but reveals how the painter himself saw himself in the history of twentieth-century painting. The public will be able to discover the various stages of his creativity and recognise the imprint of the different painters who influenced him and to whom he paid tribute. After the first experiments, he immersed himself in the European avant-gardes: Impressionism, Cubism, metaphysical painting and abstract art. Dali's work in the surrealist world features such exceptional paintings as The Memory of the Woman-Child of 1929, The Spectre of Sex Appeal and Enigmatic Elements in a Landscape of 1934. The corpus of Surrealist paintings selected for this exhibition shows Dali's specific reaction Andre Breton's movement. Whether it is the paranoiac-critical method, a system invented by Dali to make the invisible manifest through a controlled delirium of the mind or the application of the double image, it is the DNA of this artist that makes it possible to decipher his thinking and constitutes his true contribution to Surrealism.

Under the influence of Gala, in the 1940s and '50s, Dali devoted himself to the observation of classicism in his paintings, through works by Renaissance artists. The culmination of this passion for classical culture can be found in his literary production and especially in 50 secrets magiques, his treatise on painting published in 1948. Shortly after, in 1951, Dali reiterated his admiration for the Renaissance, for classicism and religious painting in the Manifeste mystique. This marked the beginning of a new period of creativity : the mystico-nuclear.

During the 1970s Dali revealed an interest in American art. His proximity to American mass culture and his friendship with Andy Warhol highlight his affinities with these new styles. Dali's desire to exhibit works by hyperrealist artists in his own museum, the Dali Theatre-Museum, is still evident today in the Mae West Hall.

Dali had an amazing ability to anticipate, and was able to combine tradition and innovation. He was interested in science, the third dimension and optical effects and this gave rise to his stereoscopic paintings.
In the last stage of his career in the 1980s, Dali was already ill and his painting is full of evocations and his reflections about death, immortality and his passion for painting.
A final section will be devoted to the influence of the great masters of art history in the artistic analysis of Dali. In 50 secrets magiques Dali published a table with a comparative analysis of the most remarkable painters in the history of art. In his classification, Vermeer, Raphael, Velazquez, Leonardo da Vinci and Picasso were the highest-rated painters.

The selection includes, to date, about a hundred works : paintings, drawings and photographs, mostly from the Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dali in Figueres, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida and the Brassai Estate.
 - Salvador Dalí, Enigmatic elements in a landscape, 1934 Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Adagp, Paris 2019
 - Imperial violets 1938 Oil on canvas, 100 x 142.5 cm. Cat. no. Razonado 0474 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala- Salvador Dalí/VEGAP, Figueres, ! 2019
 - Salvador Dalí, Dalí Seen from the Back Pain7ng Gala from the Back Eternalised by Six Virtual Corneas Provisionally Reflected by Six Real Mirrors. Stereoscopic Work, 1972-1973 Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Adagp, Paris 2019
 - Salvador Dalí, Memory of the child-woman, 1929 Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sora Photographic Archives Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sora © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Adagp, Paris 201
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