Wednesday 13. June 2018
Dalí’s Gala is an installation presenting the master of Surrealism Salvador Dalí and his late output, and is based on the cook book Les dîners de Gala, which he published in 1973. Serlachius Museum Gustaf’s exhibition is a delightful tribute to an artist whose life and art are inseparable.
The Spanish artist Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) was a controversial figure whose merits as a pioneer of Surrealist art and the avant-garde are indisputably recognised. During his career spanning 70 years, he produced paintings, sculptures, graphics, installations, stage sets, jewellery, dinner plates, postage stamps, wallpapers and logos.
Dalí did not guard his output jealously; he often gave permission for commercial products based on his works. The numerous forgeries made of his art did not seem to bother him too much. So the world is flooded with his artworks, copies of them and forgeries.
The ageing Dalí took his art in surprising directions. In 1973, the French art publisher Felicie published in his name the cookbook Les dîners de Gala. This remarkable book has a total of 136 recipes. The recipes, obtained from the best Parisian restaurants of the time, are imaginative and luxurious. In 2016, the Germany company Taschen published a new edition of the book.
The book is illustrated with a series of Dalí lithographs, his earlier paintings, and photographs of the master himself at dining tables laden with food. The series of 12 lithographs carries the same title as the cook book, and to many people they are among the Surrealist master’s best printed works. The original cookbook is nowadays a collector’s item.
Dalí and his wife Gala also arranged imaginative dinner parties in real life. Wearing a unicorn costume, Gala once hosted a dinner in a huge bed covered with pumpkins while caressing an ocelot cub.
“We are fascinated by the ageing Dalí and the visual and cultural universe he created, which includes artworks, design objects based on them, trinkets and forgeries,” says Pauli Sivonen, Director of Serlachius Museums.
Most of the Dalí works and objects included in the installation come from the collection of the French Dalí collector Jean Amiot, who maintains his private Dalíneum museum in the small town of Beaune, situated near Dijon. A series of lithographs made by Dalí for the original cook book has been obtained from the collection of the Castellani Art Museum in the USA.
Dalí’s Gala is curated by Pauli Sivonen and Chief of Design Tarja Väätänen, who created the exhibition’s imaginative look
The Serlachius Museums are open in summer 1 June–31 August, every day 10 am–6 pm.
Pauli Sivonen, Director of Serlachius Museums tel. ++358 50 566 1355 email@example.com
Requests for photos:
Susanna Yläjärvi, Serlachius Museums’ Information Officer tel. +358 50 560 0156 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 8.10.2019 The Quest for Happiness of Italian artists on display in Serlachius Museums
- 21.9.2019 Gerard Byrne’s video work In Our Time is exhibited at Serlachius Museums, Finland
- 17.5.2019 Serlachius Museums presents American artist Matthew Day Jackson’s first solo exhibition and role-playing game in Finland
- 18.4.2019 Masterpieces from Serlachius Museums’ own collection now on show
- 6.2.2019 Olli and Bucklan – The Life and Art of the Ehrströms
- 12.10.2018 Time of Stone – Harry Kivijärvi and six Finnish contemporary sculptors
- 13.6.2018 Elina Brotherus opens doors to a playful and strange world at Serlachius Museums, Finland
- 13.6.2018 Dalí’s Gala is a tribute to the master of Surrealism
- 18.5.2018 Serlachius Museums presents Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen’s first solo exhibition in the Nordic countries
- 2.2.2018 Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s artwork Potentiality for Love to be premiered at the Serlachius Museums in Finland
- 27.10.2017 Jiri Geller’s exhibition FUCK THE WORLD! at the Serlachius Museums
- 26.9.2017 Elina Brotherus at the Serlachius Museums
- 19.5.2017 Northern summer and eternal longing in the Serlachius Museums’ Summer Days exhibition in Finland
- 15.5.2017 Artists of the exhibition Summer Days
- 31.3.2017 Esther Shalev-Gerz´s exhibition Factory is Outside opens in Serlachius Museums in Finland