News. Inauguration of the exhibition Dalí by Halsman

Púbol, 19 march 2011

On 19 march the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation inaugurated Dalí by Halsman, this year's temporary exhibition at the Castell Gala Dalí in Púbol.

The opening ceremony was presented by Mr. Joan Pluma, General Director of Cultural Heritage of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Ramon Boixadós, Chairman of the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Antoni Pitxot, Director of the Dalí Theatre-Museum and Vice-Chairman of the Foundation, and Montse Aguer, Director of the Centre for Dalinian Studies. Philippe Halsman's heirs, Irene Halsman and Steve Bello, also attended the opening.

Dalí by Halsman.

2011 marks the seventieth anniversary of their encounter — the painter and the photographer met for the first time in 1941 in the United States — we felt this was the right time to organize the exhibition Dalí by Halsman in Púbol Castle.

Dalí by Halsman presents a selection of eighty-eight photographs of Salvador Dalí taken by Philippe Halsman (plus a gouache by Dalí painted on a photograph), in all of which Dalí’s involvement was both physical and conceptual.

The pictures shown in this exhibition were kept by Dalí throughout his life. They are reminiscences of his collaboration over thirty-seven years, from 1941 to 1978, with another alchemist of the creative process.

The Publication, Montage and catalogue

The exhibition in the Púbol castle-museum is curated by Montse Aguer, author of the introduction to the catalogue. Also collaborating with this edition are Irene Halsman, Oliver Rosenberg Halsman, Steve Bello, David G. Torre and Rosa Maria Maurell. The catalogue, sponsored by "la Caixa", is published by Distribucions d'Art Surrealista and designed by Bis Dixit. The exhibition montage has been designed by Pep Canaleta, 3carme33.

A selection of the principal references in books and exhibition catalogues has been published In the catalogue, fro projects of the period to current publications on the collaboration between the painter Salvador Dalí and the photographer Philippe Halsman. This year, as a novelty, we offer the entire bibliography of papers anb specialized reviews on our web page:

The Gala Dalí Castle in Púbol opened its doors to the public on 13 March until 31 December, while the Salvador Dalí House in Portlligat opened on 12 February.