Salvador Dalí

Stairway to Heaven

December 19, 2019 - May 20, 2020

William and Anna Jane Schlossman Gallery

Your art museum is excited to present Salvador Dalí: Stairway to Heaven—the first major Salvador Dalí exhibition in North Dakota. Known as one of 20th Century’s foremost masters of Surrealism, Salvador Dalí (b.1904- 1989) has ignited the imagination of international viewers and artists for decades. Salvador Dalí: Stairway to Heaven portrays 140 works on paper in a comparative study of two of Dalí’s most celebrated portfolios: his book illustrations for the Comte de Lautréamont’s Les Chants de Maldoror (The Songs of Maldoror, originally published in 1868-69) and Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy (originally published c. 1308-20). Together, they express a progression in Dalí’s personal life in which he ultimately returns to order, reason and tradition, and presents his un-paralleled grandiose creativity.

This traveling exhibition is curated by David S. Rubin and organized by the Carole Sorell Inc. with generous support from the Park West Foundation. David S. Rubin is a Los Angeles-based curator, art critic, and artist who has been in the contemporary art field for more than forty years and is the former Curator of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. A fully illustrated catalog with an essay by David S. Rubin accompanies the exhibition, as well as “Dalí–Illustrator,” a 407-page hardcover book by Eduard Fornés.
  • Salvador Dalí, Illustration from The Divine Comedy, Inferno, Dante Purified, 1960, Wood engraving on wove after a watercolor, 9 3/4 x 7 in., Collection of the Park West Museum
  • Salvador Dalí, Illustration from The Divine Comedy, Inferno, The Mystical Ladder, 1960, Wood engraving on wove after a watercolor, 9 3/4 x 7 in., Collection of the Park West Museum
  • Salvador Dalí, Illustration from The Divine Comedy, Inferno, Cerberus, 1960, Wood engraving on wove after a watercolor, 9 3/4 x 7 in., Collection of the Park West Museum
  • Salvador Dalí illustration from Les Chants de Maldoror: Plate 15, 1934, intaglio print, 13 x 11 in., Collection of the Park West Museum

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