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Salvador Dalì — Between Surrealism and Spirituality

24 November 2022 - 07 January 2023
Sala San Rocco, Quartiere Maghetti, Lugano
Piazza San Rocco 1

A unique and exciting journey aimed at the Divine Comedy, a dreamlike and suggestive labyrinth discovery of Dante Alighieri's masterpiece, revisited by the great master Salvador Dalì.

The itinerary develops through 100 original woodcuts by Salvador Dalì, where, Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradise come to life through a long series of mystical images and figures, reinterpreted in a psychoanalytic key, in which the artist's enigmas and symbology are hidden. The supernatural merges with a bold exploration of spirituality, creating a unique version of the Divine Comedy.

The realization of these incredible illustrations was commissioned to the Catalan artist dal Italian government in 1950, in anticipation of the 700th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri (1265- 1321), paying homage to one of the great masters of Italian literature. Salvador Dali worked on it from 1950 to 1959, making an incredible series of watercolors, 100 in total.

The artist immersed himself totally in Dante's masterpiece, analyzing all its intrinsic aspects, elaborating its facets in an intimate and personal way, proposing, at the end of its task, a very particular journey in the three realms of the afterlife. Dante Alighieri's words became for Dalì a reference to analyze a further aspect of the unconscious, faith, giving life to his own personal path to redemption. He didn't just reproduce what Dante described in the Divine Comedy, but he managed, with his unique touch, to redefine the journey between the damned, the penitents and the blessed, choosing a moment, a character or a scenario that is stimulating for him.

34 tables retrace the stages of the infernal circles, where the demons, the damned, the contrappasso and the settings are taken up with emphasis, full of symbolism characteristic of the surrealist style, including the soft figures, the crutches, the flying bones and the accentuated definition of the perspective.

33 Tables illustrate the passage in Purgatory, where the first representation contains the main meaning of the purification path of Dante and Dali himself. Each of us has inside of himself some faults to atone for, observing themselves better they show themselves, like hidden objects in the drawers of our soul. The theme of the 33 tables of Paradise is totally different, the style adopted changes considerably, the colors are iridescent, sometimes even dazzling, the white takes us back to infinity, the environments are undefined and the figures convey peace and bliss worthy of the kingdom of heaven, all very faithfully to Dante's description.

Reproducing the watercolors on paper was an arduous task, each panel requiring an average of 35 several wooden matrices, for a total of 3500 engraved in relief, made over the course of four years work. The woodblock printing of the panels was done on Rives paper, under the direction of the Master Raymond Jacquet. The "prince of the Italian language" was appointed to supervise the scientific Giovanni Nencioni, professor at the University of Florence and then professor emeritus at the Scuola Normale di Pisa, academician of the Lincei and president of the Accademia della Crusca for 28 years; a project that it involved the elite of the paper, typographical and literary panorama of the time.

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24.11.2022 — 07.01.2023: 10:30 am — 1:00 pm / 2:00 pm — 6:00 pm
11 e 18.12.2022: 10:30 am — 6:00 pm


Full price: CHF 10.-
Reduced price: CHF 8- (under 13 years and students)

Reservations are required for groups of more than 10 persons.


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