Salvador Dalí, Autoportrait au cou raphaélesque, c. 1921 Fundació Gala - Salvador Dalí, Figueres. © Salvador Dali, Fundaci6 Gala-Salvador Dali / Adagp, Paris 2019


  • A History of Painting


The Grimaldi Forum cultural centre is honouring the Spanish Surrealist's pictorial art with a huge monographic exhibition, looking at the history of art through his eyes.

After Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and more recently Francis Bacon, this summer it's the turn of Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) to be the focus of a 4000m2 exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum. For the 30th anniversary of Dalí's death, the Forum has brought together some hundred paintings, drawings, photos and documents dating from between 1912 and 1983, in partnership with the Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dalí and with Montse Aguer Teixidor, director of Dalí Museums, as exhibition curator. Rather than focus on Dalí's mega-sized media personality, this retrospective sets out to depict a new, chronological portrait of the artist. It depicts a virtuoso painter with a passion for Renaissance and Baroque artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Vermeer and Velasquez (as indeed he explained in his treatise on painting, 50 Secrets of Magical Craftsmanship) and strongly influenced by the avant-garde movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This is a portrait of a visionary painter who imposed his own perception of Surrealism and explored science in order to express all the complexity of his time through his art. A movement between tradition and modernity, unfolding around his home and studio in Portlligat, the image of which features at the core of this exhibition.

Jusqu’au 8 septembre

Par Tanja Stojanov