Salvador Dali - "La Divine Comedie"

Theater Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz

Zakopane, Poland : 20/09/2019 to 13/10/2019


Following the success of this exhibition in Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia, portfolio La Divine Comédie by Salvador Dali, is now in Theater Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz in Zakopane (Poland) and this exhibitions is realized in partnership with Art Expo SIA. Exhibition is open from 20/09/2019 to 13/10/2019 and is featuring 104 original works of greatest master of our time.


Curated by Marzena Wnuk, produced and organized by Art Expo SIA.

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 "La Divine Comedie" is composed by exhibits from private collection of original works made by Salvador Dali.

There are 100 original xylographs and 4 original serigraphs on silk.

In 1950, at the request of Libreria dello Stato in Rome, Salvador Dali undertakes to paint 100 watercolors illustrating 100 songs from the Divine Comedy of Dante. In 1951, some watercolors are exposed in Rome. While the Master's work is continuing, the Italian government finally has decided that Dante's work must be illustrated by an Italian painter. The contract between the Libreria dello Stato and Salvador Dali has been cancelled and the painter recover ownership of his work. By his own initiative, Salvador Dali decided to finish all the suite. The work continued from 1950 to 1959. In July 1959, Les Heures Claires buy exclusivity and all copyrights: suite is carefully engraved and printed together under the leadership of Jean Estrade. This work will be considered as one of the most significant of the 20 century. The selection of colors, engraving of 3500 woodplates, which were necessary for the creation of 100 xylographs, took four years, or 55 months of continuous work by a group of best specialists in presence and continuous assessment of the Master (April 1959 - November 1963).

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. The exhibited works demonstrate Dali’s creative side his amazing imagination.

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

After a number of detailed introductions to artist, the exhibition is divided into two thematic sections:

1. Salvador Dali "La Divine Comedie" - 100 original xylographs. 2. Salvador Dali "La Divine Comedie" - 4 original silkgraphs on silk.

Technical and perhaps curious details about exhibits :

Xylographs :
- Les Heures Claires 1959-1963, Paris, 1959.
- Paper: BFK Rives
- References: Field p. 189-200 / Michlerand Lopsinger 1039 to 1138.
- Provenance: It was owned by movie star Marina Vlady, sold at the Hotel Drouot auction November 25, 2015, Lot №5

Patronaty honorowe i medialne:

Burmistrz miasta Zakopane - Leszek Dorula

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Theater Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz,
ul. Chramcówki 15, 34-500 Zakopane, Polska

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