Thursday, 10. November 2022
“The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad.”
Dalí Universe in collaboration with Next Exhibition and the Dreams Cultural Association, with the patronage of the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain and the Metropolitan City of Turin, is proud to present the exhibition “Salvador Dalí – The Exhibition” at the Palazzina of Caccia di Stupinigi, the Savoy Residence located in the municipality of Nichelino, near Turin, built between 1729 and 1733 based on a design by the Italian architect and set designer Filippo Juvarra.
For the first time, the ancient kitchens of the Stupinigi Hunting Lodge will host the works of the Dalí Universe Collection, offering the extraordinary opportunity to admire Dalin’s iconic work within the splendid spaces of the Palazzina commissioned by the Savoys and declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Around one hundred authentic works by Salvador Dalí, including sculptures of different sizes, illustrations and glass works, will be exhibited at the “Salvador Dalí – The Exhibition” exhibition starting next Saturday 12 November 2022.
Among the bronze works, the exhibition will present the sculptures “The Dance of Time” and “The Nobility of Time”, created by Salvador Dalí in the 70s and 80s, and dedicated to time and the emotions it arouses due to its soft quality, destined to melt after a “paranoid-critical” reading.
Among the Daum Works, one of the most interesting collections in the world of colored glass sculptures, born from the artistic collaboration between Salvador Dalí and the prestigious French glassworks Daum Cristallerie, the public will be able to admire “Ciclope” (1968), “Guitar” (1971) and “Anti-Fiore” (1971).
“Salvador Dalí was not just a painter, but a multifaceted artist in the true sense of the word,” states Mr. Beniamino Levi, President of Dalí Universe, adding: “Dalí himself declared `Painting is an infinitely small part of my personalityʼ”.
“Of all the exponents of Surrelism, Salvador Dalí was the only one to fully embody and live the fundamental principles,” says Beniamino Levi. “The itinerary that we have organized inside the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi will reveal to the public the works of Dalí the sculptor, Dalí the illustrator, and Dalí the designer, with the aim of making the versatility of the master of Surrealism known and appreciated”.
Dalí loved Italy and visited many Italian locations between 1935 and 1937. In the autumn of 1935, together with his wife Gala and the English poet and collector Edward James, Dalí arrived in Turin; subsequently he continued his journey towards Modena, Rome and Amalfi, where he stayed for a few months at the Villa Cimbrone, as a guest of the poet.
The works that Dalí created in this period in Italy were the direct consequence of the countless trips and stays between Turin, Rome, Florence, Lucca, Amalfi; and the fruitful collaborations, such as the one started with the Italian stylist Elsa Schiaparelli.
“Perhaps, without direct contact with Italy, Salvador Dalí’s art would not have germinated as it appears to us today,” concludes Beniamino Levi, “We are honored to be able to exhibit the Dalí Universe Collection in Turin, a location that seals the strong bond between Dalí and Italy, a bond that can be seen in all the artistic production of the Catalan master”.
The exhibition “Salvador Dalí – The Exhibition” will open this Friday 11 November 2022 and will remain open to the public until Sunday 19 February 2023.