en News - Gala - Salvador Dali Foundation News Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:34:07 +0200 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:34:07 +0200 Houdini 2 (http://houdini.antaviana.cat/) https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news Information about the exhumation of Salvador Dalí's remains

The Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí informs that during the night of July 20th to 21st, the remains of Salvador Dalí, buried under the dome of the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, were exhumed without incidents.

Here is the video of the press conference in Catalan, Spanish and French.

The course of events has been as follows:

At 8 p.m., the court entourage has been welcomed at the museum door. It was composed of the Judicial Secretary of Figueres, three representatives of the Forensic Medical Institute, two representatives of the funeral services. They all have been given access to the interior of the Dalí Theatre-Museum together with lawyers of the parties (the Spanish State, the Dalí Foundation and Ms. Abel), representatives of the Foundation and a technical team of the same.

The exhumation procedure has started by putting up marquees to maximize discretion and privacy, and everyone present has been asked to hand in mobile phones and electronic devices to avoid any recording of images.

Then, a pulley has been mounted to lift the tombstone under the dome and it has been lifted without incidents.

From that moment, only a small representation of the parties and of the court entourage have remained inside.

Once the tombstone has been lifted, the tomb has been accessed, and also the coffin, two meters deep. Later, it has been opened by specialists.

After the extraction of biological samples by the coroners, the coffin has been closed again and returned to its original location. Immediately afterwards, the tombstone has been repositioned and the judicial intervention has concluded.

The exhumation process has been definitively concluded and the cleaning work has been carried out so that the museum is ready for opening at its usual time at 9 a.m.

The procedure has been designed with the aim of minimizing the impact on the museum's building (a building protected and catalogued), and the impact on the tomb of Salvador Dalí and his remains; always trying to safeguard - as much as possible - the intimacy and memory of the Master.

The exhumation was ordered by the Court of First Instance no. 11 of Madrid, and was performed by the Court of First Instance no. 8 of Figueres.

The body is being exhumed for a test requested by Ms Pilar Abel Martínez as part of the ongoing legal proceedings in which she demands to be named the daughter of Salvador Dalí, accepted by the Court despite opposition from the Foundation and the Spanish State, who act as defendants in the case.

On 30th June 2017, the Foundation submitted an appeal to oppose this test which failed to stop it.  This appeal, also seconded by the Spanish state, still remains unsettled and yet the exhumation has been performed.

In the late morning of 7 July 2017, the Foundation was served a summons and injunction order stating that the exhumation would go ahead on 20 July 2017 at 9.30 am, and requesting the Foundation to allow the judicial delegation access to the remains and to indicate whether it intends to manage the required works.

On Tuesday 11th, the Foundation notified Figueres City Council of the summons and injunction order, given that it is the owner of the Dalí Theatre and Museum building, it is a listed building and the exhumation requires works to be carried out on the said building. The council responded three days later, indicating the municipal permits and authorisations that would be required to carry out these works.

After receiving the summons and injunction order, the Foundation carried out a study of the works required at the Theatre-Museum in order to perform the exhumation, of the best way to access to the remains of Salvador Dalí, and of the resources and materials which would be needed, in addition to the problems posed by the fact that this is a museum open to the public with a high number of visitors given the time of year, and with many bookings already paid for and confirmed.  In addition, with a view to minimising any losses suffered by visitors travelling to Figueres to visit the museum, the Foundation stopped accepting bookings and pre-sales of tickets for the 20th.

After performing this study, from which it emerged it would be highly problematic to carry out the exhumation works on the 20th at 9.30 am, the Foundation declared this to the court, presenting the major inconvenience these works would pose, the considerable losses they would cause and the risks for safety and public order. It also declined to manage them or assume any responsibility, proposing that they be carried out outside the museum opening hours, either on the night of the 20th, on any other night during the month of July, or on any Monday from October when the museum is closed.

Finally, and in view of the arguments submitted by the Foundation, on the 18th the Court agreed to carry out the exhumation on the night of the 20th, and under these circumstances the Foundation agreed to manage the works, in order to ensure the utmost preservation of the Dalí's work.

After completing the exhumation, the Foundation declared that:

It considers the exhumation performed on Salvador Dalí's remains entirely inappropriate, for the reasons presented in its judicial review:

The court order granted is not reasoned and is entirely ungrounded.

There is no evidence that claimant Pilar Abel Martínez's claim has any legal basis, as the only grounds provided constitute a notarial statement from a woman who claims to be a friend of the mother, stating that the latter told her that her daughter's father was Salvador Dalí.

Before agreeing to such an invasive act as the exhumation of Salvador Dalí in a museum, the claimant Pilar Abel Martínez - as proposed by the Foundation and the Spanish State - should have been required to carry out a DNA test to compare her DNA with that of her legal father (deceased) or her brother, to thereby obtain all available evidence that she is not their daughter or sister.

Despite its total disagreement with the exhumation, the Foundation has respected the court decisions and cooperated in its completion, but it does not share the fact that neither the claimant in proposing the test, nor the Court of First Instance no. 11 of Madrid in granting it, had the foresight to act accordingly based on the fact that Salvador Dalí's remains are located in the Theatre and Museum of Figueres (which receives around 4,000 visitors a day at this time of year) and the fact that it is a listed building owned by the council.  It is grateful that the Court of First Instance no. 8 of Figueres mediated to at least allow for the exhumation to be carried out at night.

The Foundation reserves the right to take any necessary actions to demand liability as a consequence of the important damages and costs that this exhumation has caused.

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:34:07 +0200 https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/344/information-about-the-exhumation-of-salvador-dali-s-remains https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/344
Documentary on Dalí and his studio in Portlligat

The Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí and the Cadaqués Town Council are pleased to inform you that this evening the documentary The secret life of Portlligat. Salvador Dalí's House a has been presented at Sala Art i Joia in Cadaqués. It is an audio-visual project produced by the Dalí Foundation and filmed by DocDoc Films. By visiting the House, we are invited to take a trip to the life and work of Salvador Dalí.

The event was conducted by Margarita Figueras, town councillor for culture in Cadaqués, Montse Aguer, director of the Dalí Museums and screenwriter of the project, Lluís Peñuelas, general secretary of the Dalí Foundation, and David Pujol, who is director and screenwriter of the documentary.

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:14:48 +0200 https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/343/documentary-on-dali-and-his-studio-in-portlligat https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/343
The Dalí Foundation will appeal the exhumation decision

Given the content of the decision taken by the Court of Instance No. 11 of Madrid on June 20, 2017, by means of which the exhumation of the remains of Salvador Dalí is ordered to allow the biological investigation of Pilar Abel's paternity research, the Dalí Foundation is preparing an appeal to oppose this exhumation that will be lodged in the coming days.

Our internal legal team, together with the Roca Junyent, S.L.P office are working on this appeal in coordination with the State Attorney.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:11:23 +0200 https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/342/the-dali-foundation-will-appeal-the-exhumation-decision https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/342
Third documentary by the Dalí Foundation awarded by AVICOM

Yesterday evening 14th June the documentary The Secret Life of Portlligat. Salvador Dalí's House was awarded with the Golden Prize in the category of museums feature films given by AVICOM (International Committee for Audio-visual and Image Technologies, the Audio-visual section of ICOM). The prize was delivered to Jordi Artigas, coordinator of the houses-museum of Púbol and Portlligat, from the Dalí Foundation. The prize ceremony was held at John Amos Comenius Museum, in the Czech Republic, in the FAIMP 2.0, Audio-visual and Multimedia International Festival on Heritage and Museums. It is a competition that has an international jury of experts who analyse the best productions in the world of museums.

The premiere will be held at Sala Art i Joia in Cadaqués on 1st July at 7:30 p.m. See the teaser and a section devoted to the project.

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:23:14 +0200 https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/341/third-documentary-by-the-dali-foundation-awarded-by-avicom https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/341
The Dalí Foundation and the Peking University sign an agreement

The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and the Centre for Visual Studies (CVS) of the Peking University signed a collaboration agreement. On behalf of the Dalí Foundation it was its Managing Director, Mr. Joan M. Sevillano who signed the document, and on behalf of CVS it was its Director, Professor LaoZhu (ZHU Qingsheng), who is Professor at Peking University and Chairman of CIHA (the International Association of Art History). The event of the signature has taken place at the headquarters of Instituto Cervantes Peking with the presence of the Cultural Counsellor of the Spanish Embassy in Peking, Mrs. Gloria Mínguez Ropiñón, and the Director of the Instituto Cervantes in Peking, Mrs. Inma González Puy.

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:28:11 +0200 https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/340/the-dali-foundation-and-the-peking-university-sign-an-agreement https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/340
Access for the Dalí Foundation to a photographic Archive

Montse Aguer, Director of the Dalí Museums and Marta Madrenas, Mayor of Girona city, have signed a collaboration agreement for the use of photographs from the Centre for the Image Research and Diffusion. The Council gives the Foundation a digital copy of 1797 photographs, 4 films and 7 videos, from the Narcís Sans Archives, of which the City of Girona posesses the intellectual property rights.

Fri, 12 May 2017 15:47:15 +0200 https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/339/access-for-the-dali-foundation-to-a-photographic-archive https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/339
Dalí exhibition at Fabergé Museum

Today at 7 p.m. a new Dalí temporary exhibition will be opened at Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg (Russia), entitled Salvador Dalí. Surrealist and Classicist. At 1 p.m. a press conference will be held together with a guided visit to the show. Its curator is Ms. Montse Aguer, director of the Dalí Museums, from the Dalí Foundation, and Thomas Clement Salomon, scientific coordinator of MondoMostre, organiser of the exhibition.

The show will be on from 1st April until 2nd July. It was previously seen at Palazzo Blu in Pisa, Italy, from 1st October 2016 until 19th February in a version adapted to the Italian audience.

The press conference was given by the Managing Director of the Foundation, Joan Manuel Sevillano, Thomas Clement Salomon from MondoMostre, and Vladimir Vorochenko, Head of the Board of The Link of Times, the institution that founded the Fabergé Museum of Saint Petersburg, a Museum of which he is the director. Other assistants were Konstantin Sukhenko, Head of the Committee for Culture of Saint Petersburg, and Christopher Forbes, vice president of Forbes Publishing Company. His collection of Fabergé jewellery motivated the creation of the Fabergé Museum.

The official opening will be attended by Russian authorities and representatives from the Spanish Consulate and Embassy.

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:05:12 +0200 https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/336/dali-exhibition-at-faberge-museum https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/336
Special Opening Times in Easter

Special Opening Times in Easter at the Dalí Museums in Figueres:

The Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres and the Dalí·Jewels Exhibition exceptionally open on Monday 17 April, from 9:30 am. to 6 pm. Last entrance at 5:15 pm.

On Holy Friday 14 April, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16, as a special opening to attend the demand during Easter time, the museum opens from 9 am. to 8 pm. Last entrance at 7:15 pm.

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:52:39 +0200 https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/338/special-opening-times-in-easter https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/338
Annual Report 2016

The Dalí Foundation presented its Annual Report of 2016, after the ordinary session of its Board of Trustees. The presentation to the media was carried out by Montse Aguer, Director of the Dalí Museums, Lluís Peñuelas, Secretary General of the Dalí Foundation, and Joan M. Sevillano, Managing Director.

You wil find a summary of the most important data in the Related Contents Section.

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:47:11 +0200 https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/333/annual-report-2016 https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/333
The President of the Catalan Government inaugurated the exhitibion in Púbol Castle

The new temporary exhibition at Púbol Castle entitled Salvador Dalí, Gala, Ricardo Sans was inaugurated today by Mr. Carles Puigdemont, President of the Government of Catalonia. Attending on behalf of the Dalí Foundation was the Director of the Dalí Museums, Montse Aguer.

The guided visit around the installation was led by Rosa M. Maurell and Cuca Costa, Coordinators at the Centre for Dalinian Studies and Curators of this display, under the scientific direction of Montse Aguer.

The exhibition has the collaboration of Fundació Bancària "La Caixa" and, on its behalf, Advisor to the Directorate-General, Higini Clotas and Quim Macià, CaixaBank Director of Institutions of the Territorial Directorate of Catalonia, and Isabel Salgado, Director of the Art Exhibitions Department also attended the ceremony, together with the Dalí Foundation's Managing Director, Joan Manuel Sevillano.

This year's temporary exhibition in Púbol is dedicated to the photographic relationship between Salvador Dalí and Ricardo Sans from 1949 until 1956. 90 pictures are shown as well as different documents.

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:05:41 +0100 https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/332/the-president-of-the-catalan-government-inaugurated-the-exhitibion-in-pubol-castle https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/services/press/news/332