Salvador Dalí: A Surrealist in Istanbul

The Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM), with the sponsorship of Akbank and in cooperation with the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, hosts one of the 20th century’s most important artists and representative of the Surrealist movement Salvador Dalí in September of 2008.

The exhibition consists of a comprehensive retrospective of the works of Salvador Dalí; in addition to 270 works consisting of oil paintings, drawings and works of graphic art, a variety of manuscripts, photographs and other documents are included. The exhibition is also distinguished by the fact that it is the largest single exhibition ever organised outside Figueres exclusively with material from the Foundation’s collection. The exhibition can be viewed between 20 September 2008 and 01 February 2009.

Curator of the exhibition Montse Aguer Teixidor, stated that “For the first time we present Salvador Dalí in Istanbul as a unique, innovative, peculiar, brilliant and different artist. We wish to be able to bring the spirit of such museum, so everyone can understand and get a closer look at Dalí’s thinking, his obsessions, his iconography, and the dreamy and surrealist world of a universal, provocative and unique artist.”

The blasphemers 1959-1963 Woodcut 33 x 26,4 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0824 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

Surrealist composition with invisible figures c. 1936 Oil on cardboard 60,9 x 45,8 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0191 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

Table in front of the sea Homage to Eric Satie 1926 Oil on canvas 149,5 x 90 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0022 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

The inhabitants of Prato 1959-1963 Woodcut 33 x 26,4 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0836 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

Napoleon’s nose transformed into a pregnant woman strolling his shadow with melancholia amongst original ruins 1945 Oil on canvas 51 x 65,5 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0378 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

Apparition of the Aphrodite from Cnidus 1981 Oil on canvas 140 x 95 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0258 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

Study for Bacchanale c. 1939 Pencil on paper, indian ink and gouache 35,8 x 43 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0583a © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

Figures lying on the sand 1926 Oil on wood 20,7 x 27,3 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0390 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

Gala contemplating the corpus hypercubicus 1954 Oil on canvas 31,3 x 27,7 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0058 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

Project for the backdrop of Mad Tristan (Act II) 1944 Oil on canvas 60 x 96 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0046 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

Dematerialization near the nose of Nero 1947 Oil on canvas 76,4 x 46 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0340 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

Intra-atomic equilibrium of a swan’s feather 1947 Oil on canvas 77,8 x 96,8 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0213 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

Dalí seen from the back painting Gala from the back eternalised by six virtual corneas provisionally reflected by six mirrors, stereoscopic work 1972-73 Oil on canvas 60 x 60 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0095/0001 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

Surrealist composition c. 1928 Oil on cardboard 75,5 x 63 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0028 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

The Bacchus chariot 1953 Watercolour on cardboard 76,5 x 101,5 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 3727 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

Wineskin 1957 Lithography 41,2 x 32,6 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0942 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

Saint Jerome 1960 Oil on canvas 26 x 20,5 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0375 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

The harmony of the spheres. Stereoscopic work in a single element 1979 Oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0249 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

Geological echo. The Pietà 1982 Oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 0136 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

‘’Head molested by flies’’ c. 1939-1941 Ink on paper 11,2 x 12 cm Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, NI 4625 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Vegap, Figueres 2007

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