Salvador Dali's "Aliyah: The Rebirth of Israel"
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Brown RISD Hillel is thrilled to be the second stop on a nationwide tour of Salvador Dali's "Aliyah: The Rebirth of Israel" collection, which portrays the history of the Jewish people's return to their homeland. The collection also includes a guide and podcast by Prof. Blumenthal which explains the context within the oeuvre of Dali as well as the Zionist background of each lithograph.
Salvador Dali (1904-1989), born in Figueres, Spain, is best known for his highly imaginative, surrealistic work. In 1968, Dali created 25 colored lithographs taken from his mixed-media paintings to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. Dali made 250 original sets, one of which was purchased by a couple with ties to Providence and Brown University. The collection had its premiere showing at the Marcus Hillel Center at Emory University
this past spring. Due to the success of the exhibition, the collectors have decided to make it a traveling exhibition and selected Brown RISD Hillel as the next stop.
Photographed by Daniel Weiss
The prints are accompanied by a large-format book with the text written by Gerson D. Cohen and the introduction written and signed by David Ben Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel. A full commentary on the exhibit has been written by Prof. David Blumenthal and is available on his website.
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 am to 11 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday: 12 pm to 6 pm
The exhibit will be up September 1, 2011 through October 31, 2011. On September 22 at 7:30pm, Hillel will be hosting an opening reception, open to all! The event will feature a talk entitled "Paranoiac Illustrations and Dali's Aliyah" by Dr. Elliott H. King, an art historian and leading specialist in Dali's work, who has lectured widely on Dali and Surrealism at museums and universities throughout the world, with such lectures as "Dali and Science," and "Dali's 1950s 'Nuclear Mysticism.'" Dr. King was recently guest curator of Dali: The Late Work, a major exhibition on view at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. From autumn 2011, he will be an Assistant Professor of Art History at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. We will also have a chance to hear from the Prof. David Blumenthal, who has written extensively on the collection.
The next day, Friday, September 23rd at noon at Hillel, Elliott King will lead a brown bag discussion about the scandals and commercialism of Dali's later career. Here's an overview:
The scandals surrounding Salvador Dalí’s graphic works are legendary: allegations of signed blank paper, unlimited ‘limited editions’, and fraudulent sculptures give but a glimpse of the 'Great Dalí Art Fraud’. Critics and art historians have been reluctant to engage with Dalí’s prints, but is this a lacuna for scholarship? During his lifetime Dalí was both praised as a master draughtsman and denigrated as a purveyor of kitsch; is it possible to be both at the same time? Dali was known for his own embrace of this dichotomy: ‘Each morning after breakfast, I like to start the day by earning $20,000!,’ he is quoted as saying, referring to the ease with which he could sign stacks of printed lithographs for a quick profit. The discussion is guaranteed to be lively and interactive.
Help Bring Dali to Brown RISD Hillel
Hillel’s ability to enrich, inspire, and educate the community through the arts is made possible by individual gifts. Joining as a sponsor of this special Dali exhibit is a prestigious and meaningful way to show your support. Please contact Marshall Einhorn, Executive Director of Brown RISD Hillel, for more information or to become a sponsor at 401-863-9354 or email@example.com.
© Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2011
Moment in History
Photographed by Daniel Weiss
August 16, 2011