„THE DIVINE COMEDY“ - IN KLAIPĖDA
Starting May 19th artworks exhibition „The Divine Comedy“of surrealism genius Salvador Dali (1904 – 1989) opens the door for the visitors at the Exhibition Hall of Klaipėda Cultural Communication Centre (KCCC) (Didžioji Vandens Str. 2, Klaipėda).
Two years ago people of Klaipėda already had an opportunity to see artworks of one of the most famous artists of the XX century at the exhibition of S. Dali‘s works „Materialisation of the Surreal“, which took place at KCCC Exhibition Hall. Then there was a private collection exhibition consisted of original Salvador Dali‘s artworks of different genres – lithography, ceramics, sculpture works, medals. This time there is also an exhibition of private collection of the whole series of original illustrations by Salvador Dali for Dante Alighieri‘s poem „The Divine Comedy“, owned by French movie star Marina Vlady, prepared by curators and collectors Mgr. Vassili Kessaouri and Mgr. Aleksandre Kesauri. In addition, as a bonus, at the same exhibition, you will have possibility to see wonderful original Salvador Dali‘s tapestries and serigraphies on silk.
Xylography series „The Divine Comedy“
In 1950 while preparing for the celebration of the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri‘s birth Italian government offered Salvador Dali to paint watercolours illustrating 100 songs of Dante‘s „The Divine Comedy“. The famous surrealist artist of Spanish origin got down to work and in 1951 a few watercolours were exhibited inRome. However, ultimately, Italian government decided that Dante's artwork had to be illustrated by an Italian artist. The contract with Salvador Dali was cancelled and the painter recovered all the copyrights of his artworks. Nonetheless, he decided to finish the series on his own initiative. The artist was creating „The Divine Comedy” from 1950 to 1959.
In July 1959 French publishing house Les Heures Claires purchased all publishing rights and the series was carefully engraved and printed. Selection of colours, engraving of 3500 wood plates took four years. The four teams of professionals, consisting of the best specialists of that time, had been working for 55 months until they created 100 xylographies. The quality of work was constantly checked by Salvador Dali himself. This work is considered to be one of the most significant 20th century‘s artworks of this kind.
In his artworks intellectual artist Salvador Dali first of all illustrates and reflects his own theories and ideas. The more important thing for him was to reflect not what we see, but what we feel or how we think, probably without realizing it ourselves.
The series of 100 Dali‘s original xylography artworks „The Divine Comedy“, exhibited at KCCC Exhibition Hall, was bought on November 25, 2015 at an auction at Paris auction house Hotel Drouot, till that time the works were the property of actress Marina Vlady. Undoubtedly, these works inspired both Marina Vlady and her husband Vladimir Vysotsky.
Tapestry and serigraphy on silk
One of the most prominent XX c. creators of surrealism is mostly known for his paintings. Perhaps, the most recognizable Salvador Dali‘s work is painting „The Persistence of Memory“, created in 1931. S. Dali said, that it‘s not the theory of relativity that inspired him to paint a melting clock, but surrealist perception while watching Camembert cheese melting in the sun. About 1975 a tapestry was created after this painting. The linen label on its reverse side says: „I, Salvador Dali, certify, that this tapestry multiple inspired by my painting „THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY“ has been produced under my direction,tapestry produced and made in France by SUZY LANGLOIS“. Dali liked this work – it hung at his home in Port Lligat as a tapestry.
Tapestry „The Great Masturbator“ was woven after Salvador Dali‘s 1929 painting, which the artist kept in his private collection. The center of the painting has a distorted human face in profile looking downwards, based on the shape of a natural rock formation at Cap de Creus along the sea-shore ofCatalonia. A similar profile is seen in Dalí's more famous painting of two years later, “The Persistence of Memory”.
Not only this, but also a few other original tapestries, created after S. Dali‘s famous paintings „Battle Around A Dandelion“, „Lincoln in Dalivision“, „Asher“ etc. are displayed at the exhibition in Klaipėda. As there were not many tapestries created by the genius artist Salvador Dali, they make a unique and valuable art collection. The exposition also has Salvador Dali‘s serigraphy works from series „Dalinean Horses“, „The Alchemy of the Philosophers“, „Salvador Dali‘s Tarot Cards“ and „Don Quixote“.
The exhibition of private collection with original artworks of Salvador Dali from „The Divine Comedy“ at KCCC Exhibition Hall (Didžioji Vandens Str. 2, Klaipėda) starts on May 19th and ends on July 3rd, 2016.
Ticket – 2,90 € / 1,45 €
From June 2016 – 5,00 € / 2,50 €
Working hours of KCCC Exhibition Hall (Didžioji Vandens g. 2, Klaipeda): Wednesday - Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.