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« Dalí, une histoire de la peinture »: a foretaste of this summer’s event

16 May 2019 - 14h44

Last Thursday, the Grimaldi Forum organized a soirée, as a prelude to the summer exhibition “Dalí, une histoire de la peinture”, which will be held from the 6th of July to the 8th of September; all tickets were sold out. Amongst the various personalities and figures of the artistic scene were Serge Telle, Minister of State, Daniel Boeri, representing Stéphane Valéri, President of the National Council, Jacques Boisson, Secretary of State, as well as Patrick Cellario, Councillor of government-Minister of the Interior, all gathered for the occasion.

This is not the first time the Grimaldi Forum focuses on the work of a great artist of the 20th century. After Andy Warhol in 2003, Pablo Picasso in 2013 and, more recently, Francis Bacon in 2016, it is Salvador Dalí who is thus honoured this year, the 30th anniversary of his death (1904-1989).  A way to pay respects to the Spanish painter, whose popularity is already well-established, as Sylvie Bianchieri, general director of the Grimaldi Forum, in her introductory speech. But there is more… Far from limiting itself to a retrospective vision of Dalí’s works, the exhibition, with the support of the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, aims to show how the painter left his mark on 20th century painting history.

About a hundred pieces shown

38 paintings, 28 drawings, photos, documents and workshop material will be shown to the public, seeking to reveal to the guests’ eyes the different steps of the artist’s creation process, as well as his various inspirations all throughout his career. “There will be very strong references to his workshop, it is the first time an exhibition dedicates a part to the artist’s workshop”, confides Montse Aguer, director of the Dalí museums and curator of the exhibition. At the end of the soirée, the documentary “La vie secrète de Portilligat”, written by Montse Aguer and directed by David Pujol in 2017, was shown to the guests. Named “best feature film” at the Fine Arts Film Festival in California, it delves deep into Salvador Dalí’s living spaces – his house, his workshop, his surroundings – and addresses his relationships with his loved ones, allowing us to better understand the surrealist artist’s life and work.

Margaux Boscagli


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