Salvador Dali - "Materialization of the Surreal"

Muzeum im. ks. dr. Władysława Łęgi in Grudziądz

Grudziądz, Poland : 12.10.2018 to 11.02.2019


Following the success of this exhibition in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Greece, and Slovakia, original works by Salvador Dali are now in Poland, in Muzeum im. ks. dr. Władysława Łęgi in Grudziądz and this exhibitions is realized in partnership with Collection Kesauri. Exhibition is open from 12.10.2018 to 11.02.2019 and is featuring 100 original works of greatest master of our time.

Curated by Kesauri Aleksandre, Kessaouri Vassili and Emilia Markot-Borkowska, produced and organized by SIA Art Expo in partnership with the Collection Kesauri, Inter-Vax sp.j.,, owned by Mr. Wacław Górny and CONSITE Sp. z o.o.,, owned by Mr. Tomasz Szumlak.

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The exhibition "Materialization of the Surreal" is composed by exhibits from Collection Kesauri of original works made by Salvador Dali : lithographs, ceramics, works in bronze, silver, gold. The exhibition "Materialization of the Surreal" highlights the major key aspects of work of the greatest artist of our time - Salvador Dali.

To understand Dali, it should put the fundamental principle that he was an intellectual artist. His painting is it primarily to illustrate his theories and ideas. It was important for him to not represent what we see but what we feel, think, probably without realizing it.

The aim of the exhibition is to help the public to see and understand how Dali materializes his views thanks to his special artistic language in the form of images, which often take an intangible aspect, but clearly are felt by spectator . Beyond what the eye sees is always a wide range of something unspeakable, but much more important than what we see. This puzzle and mystery attracts and forces them to think about the fundamental questions of life. Creativity of Dali is more to "think", "imaginate" rather than "see."

Today, Dali is the most prominent representative of surrealism in art. If the word "Surrealism" appears for the first time in the writings of French poet Gerard de Nerval (1808-1855), it was not until the twentieth century and André Breton, to become a doctrine, a way of thinking.

Paranoiac-critical method becomes his way of thinking and self-realization in art. "My whole ambition in the pictorial plan is to materialize with the most imperialist fury of precision images of concrete irrationality" (S. Dali). Dali loved to explain the meaning of his work, but ... not too deep into the details ... "If you find that this is too simple, do not hesitate to tell me, I would be happy to complicate it little be ..." .

Dali's creativity, as well as any work of a genius, is relevant today, and his next thought: "I think we are now in the Middle Ages, but the day will come Renaissance" - is becoming more present in the context of growth of spirituality lack and depersonalization of man in the modern world. Dali wrote: "Over the centuries, Leonardo da Vinci and me, we are reaching out to each other" we also - we should reach out to our contemporary, who, through his art, makes us think, trying to change our world to become better.


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

1. Salvador Dali portfolio “La Tricorne”
2. Cycle of "The Twelve Apostles or Knights of the Round Table"
3. Cycle of "Benvenuto Cellini"
4. Cycle of illustrations for "The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway
5. Other different works of Salvador Dali
6. Amanda Lear - 2 original lithographs.

Section one - Salvador Dali portfolio “La Tricorne”

Section one introduces visitors to one of Salvador Dali's greatest artistic passion: engraving, or lithography to be more precise. Salvador Dali created this magnificent series of 20 watercolors based on the novel and the ballet "Tricorne" in 1959. Each of lithographs represented by him is the culmination of his artistic creativity. Lithographs are made in a way requiring prints of each color individually, which provides the perfect color clarity and full compliance with the original watercolors.

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 - Cycle of "Benvenuto Cellini"

Salvador Dali created this fantastic beauty of the series of 16 illustrations for "Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini" in 1945, while living in the United States. The identity of Benvenuto Cellini, as a major of the figures of the Renaissance has been close to Dali, he was inspired by stories of his life and his very creative heritage. For Dali, as for Cellini, the mythologizing of his personality and his life was normal. Thus, its artistic look and sense of the world transform reality, inspire to create works of high art in various fields of art.

Section four - Cycle of illustrations for "The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway (1974).

Salvador Dalí meets Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway and Dalí: an incomparable meeting of the two artists. Being a surrealist, Salvador Dalí treated poetic truth of Hemingway’s texts not as an illustrator, but as a mystic. He approached the mystical fight between the man and the fish not as agonizing dramaturgy of victory and defeat, but rather as subconscious figures, gestures and symbols which settle in the fields of his world of dreams. Linear art and high level of concentration distinguish every cold-needle etching. Dalí aligns his works with the poetry of Hemingway.

Section five - Other different works of Salvador Dali.

- Medals from the biggest in the world collection of original medals of Salvador Dali which is part of Collection of Kesauri. Series of medals: "Conquest of the Cosmos", "Four seasons" and other medals not created in series, sculptures, pendants, commemorative brooches and medallions.
- Series of paintings on porcelain: "Playing Cards", "7 Arts", "Conquest of the Cosmos", "Tiles by Dali/ La Suite Catalane" and paintings on porcelain not created in series.
- Bas-reliefs "Fertility" and "Eva Spaziale", sculpture "Minotaur".
- Design works: tapestries, philatelic - post cards, stamps; serigraphs on silk; labels of the series "MOUTON ROTHSCHILD" (Salvador Dali, Georges Braque, André Masson, Leonor Fini); set of Dali Playing Cards.
- Friendly gifts to the sculptor Miette.

And final section - Amanda Lear - 2 original lithographs.

A true multimedia artist, Amanda Lear is dedicated to passion, painting, always. The meeting with Salvador Dali changed his life. Amanda Lear became for more than 15 years, his muse, his confidante, his friend.

The initiative is promoted by

Prezydent Grudziądza, Mr. Robert Malinowski, by Inter-Vax sp.j., owned by Mr. Wacław Górny and by CONSITE Sp. z o.o., owned by Mr. Tomasz Szumlak.

The exhibition also counts on special partners Inter-Vax sp.j.,, owned by Mr. Wacław Górny and CONSITE Sp. z o.o.,, owned by Mr. Tomasz Szumlak.

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