Salvador Dali : Biblical Message

Muzeum Ziemi Pałuckiej

Znin, Poland : 07.04.2018 - 25.06.2018

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Following the success of this exhibition in Latvia, first time in Poland, original works of Salvador Dali inspired by Biblical themes are now in Muzeum Ziemi Pałuckiej w Żninie and is realized in partnership with Art Expo International. Exhibition is open from 7 April 2018 to 25 June 2018 and is featuring 96 original works of greatest master of our time.

Exhibition of Slavador Dali's original works “Salvador Dali. Biblijne Przesłanie” from Collection Kesauri consists of works by artist, which evoke the shocking and surreal dreamlike image of the early twentieth century. The exhibition offer the possibility to admire original lithographs, sculptures, medals, serigraphs on silber and silk and executed on other medias original works of greatest artist of our age - all on religious themes. That show us how religion had an important part in Dali's spiritual life and have found expression in the masterpieces created by him.

Curated by Kesauri Aleksandre, Kessaouri Vassili, Krystyna Patyk, Grażyna Pejka-Gąsiorowska produced and organized by Art Expo International in partnership with the Collection Kesauri and Waclaw Gorny (Inter-Vax sp.j.).

Project that sets out to attract families, youths, clients, and employees to the world of art by offering reduced tickets to exhibitions, events, and art and culture related activities.

The exhibition

After a number of detailed introductions to artist and his period, the exhibition is divided into six thematic sections:

1. Salvador Dali portfolio “Paternoster”
2. Cycle of "The Twelve Apostles or Knights of the Round Table"
3. Medallions from the series "Twelve Tribes of Israel"
4. Series of medals "The Ten Commandments"
5. Series of medals "The 7 or Seven Days of Creation"
6. Other different works of Salvador Dali

Section one - Salvador Dali's portfolio “Paternoster”

Section one introduces visitors to one of Salvador Dali's greatest artistic passion: engraving, or lithography to be more precise. An exceptional series of works show us how Salvador Dalí interpreted traditional religious subject matter in a way that expresses both contemporary reality and the central mystery of the Catholic faith.

The fire of Dalí’s undeniable talent once burned recklessly, but here glows in the hearth of Christian tradition. Paternoster portfolio is an assemblage of religious scenes and other symbols with personal significance to Dalí that he often repeated in his works.

Section two - Cycle of "The Twelve Apostles or Knights of the Round Table"

This series has been extremely important for Salvador Dali as being created in 1977, was the fruit of his long years of internal search and access to God. Dali was always worried by themes of sin, shame, faith. It is no coincidence cycle has a double name - the "Twelve Apostles" or "Knights of the Round Table". The cycle of legends about the Knights of the Round Table tells the story of knights, immaculate in the knights etiquette, pures in their thoughts and deeds involved in the search for the Holy Grail – the cup in which Joseph of Arimathea collected the blood of Jesus Christ.

It is precisely these pure human qualities and willingness to perform feats and be martyred in the name of ideals and faith who joined together for Dali the 12 apostles and the 12 knights of the round table.

To emphasize the singularity (the divine sublimity) of lithography, Dali decorated images with gold dots and a thin gold border.

Each lithograph has a double name and a short explanation of the author, appealing to the symbols of cultural studies, comes to us from the Middle Ages.

Section three - Medallions from the series "Twelve Tribes of Israel"

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the State of Israel, Salvador Dali created a series inspired by the Twelve Tribes of Israel. A surrealistic tribute was fitting, considering the remarkable history involved – the progression of the tribes from their descendants to the third Jewish State after two thousand years of exile.

Salvador Dali, the greatest Surrealist master of all time, was a natural selection to depict the first Israelites. His skill extended to every medium, and most importantly, Dali understood and knew how to represent, in his own creative surrealistic style, the ancient thoughts and dreams of the people of Israel. Even though his works can be interpreted ambiguously, this series captures the tribal memories of those who live and work in Israel in a precise and significant manner. Dali’s fertile imagination captured mystical characters in a tangible way, immortalizing the Israeli civilization for future generations. The Twelve Tribes of Israel suite is an important and considerable body of work in Dali’s, and indeed Israel’s, history.

Each depicting one tribe, the obverse side contains another creation: "Hora Around the Menorah". The medals are minted in very limited quantity and are a stunning artistic collection, both unique and valuable.

Section four - Series of medals "The Ten Commandments"

The Ten Commandments, also known as the Decalogue, are a set of biblical principles relating to ethics and worship, which play a fundamental role in Judaism and Christianity. God inscribed them on two stone tablets, which he gave to Moses on Mount Sinai.

Each amazing medal of Salvador Dali from this series depicting one Commandment:

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain
4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy
5. Honour thy father and thy mother
6. Thou shalt not kill
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery
8. Thou shalt not steal
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour
10. Thou shalt not covet neighbour's house, neighbour's wife, neighbour's servants, animals, or anything else.

Section five - Series of medals "The Seven Days of Creation"

Genesis is the first book of the Law of Moses or Torah which consists of the first five books of the Bible. There are seven periods of creation recorded in the beginning of Genesis. Although each of these has been translated as a “day”, the Hebrew word is “yom” which simply means a period of time with a beginning and an ending. Dali Illustrated these 7 days/periods of creation of the world in form of 7 silber Sculpture-Volume Medals.

Day One – Night and Day
Day Two – Sky and Sea
Day Three – Land and Vegetation
Day Four – Stars, Sun and Moon
Day Five – Sea creatures including fish and Birds
Day Six – Animals and Mankind
Day Seven – Rest

And final section - different works of Salvador Dali

Many other works of Salvador Dali realized on different type of media are presented as well on the exhibition as for example serigraphs on silk, on silber and on gold, gobelins, ceramic works, sculptures in bronze, sylber, bareliefs in platinum and in silber, etc ... All of them are representing some themes from bible as The Christian Knight, Cristo de San Juan de la Cruz or Madonna of Port Lligat ...

The initiative is promoted by Burmistrz Żnina, Mr. Waclaw Gorny and Inter-Vax sp.j.

The exhibition also counts on special partner Inter-Vax sp.j. http://www.inter-vax.pl

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Muzeum Ziemi Pałuckiej w Żninie,
plac Wolności 1, 88-400 Żnin, Polska

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- Adult : 20 zł.
- Children (between 7-17 years old), senior, student : 15 zł.
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