MOSCOW.- The exhibition entitled Salvador Dalí: a retrospective opened at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts next 2 September, coinciding with the Dual Year Spain-Russia. It is the mayor retrospective ever celebrated in this country with original works. It will be opened from 3 September until 13 November 2011.
The opening events were presided over by the Russian Minister of Culture, Aleksandr Avdeev, the Spanish Ambassador, Mr. Luis Felipe Fernández de la Peña, as well as Irina Antonova, director of the Pushkin Museum, and Joan M. Sevillano, Managing Director of the Dalí Foundation.
The show includes works from the very early years (20s) down to Dalís last canvases. It offers the visitor an opportunity to see his evolution, not only technical but also his influences, iconography, ideological sources, symbolism, of his original universe.
The loans come exclusively from the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí. The exhibit benefits from the sponsorship of the Russian cultural foundation The Link of Times.
Salvador Dalí: a retrospective is the result of research and collaboration of both teams from the Dalí Foundation and the Pushkin Museum. The selection of Works aims at providing the Russian audience with a deep insight into Dalís life and artistic evolution, and it specially focuses on the late period. It contains a hundred pieces including 25 oil paintings, 20 watercolours, 70 drawings, and many photographs.
The Pushkin Museum director, Irina Antonova, and the exhibitions curators, Montse Aguer, director of the Centre for Dalinian Studies of the Dalí Foundation, and Alexei Petujov, curator of the Russian museum, they all agree that this show will allow visitors to study Dalís production in depth. It is intended for an audience that has shown a big interest for the artist and his muse Gala, born in Kazan. The exhibitions designer is the highly reputed scene painter of the Bolshoi Theatre, Boris Messerer.