Avilés, Mar 3 (EFE).- The Dome of the Niemeyer Center in Avilés was filled this Friday with works by Salvador Dalí, in an exhibition that shows drawings by the genius of surrealism inspired by great works of literature such as “La Life is a dream”, “The Divine Comedy” or “Faust”.
“Salvador Dali. Drawing what is written” brings together 160 drawings by the author of the phrase “Surrealism is me”, as recalled by the curator of the exhibition, Marisa Oropesa, who has taken a guided tour through hell, purgatory and paradise that Dalí offers starting from “Lectura”, a work donated for the occasion by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
Oropesa has organized the pictorial selection around five great books to which Dalí put images: “The Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighier; “Life is a dream” by Calderón de la Barca; “Roi je t’attends à Babylone”, by André Malraux; “Don Juan Tenorio”, by José Zorrilla, and “Faust (Walpurgis Night)”, by Johann Wolfgang Goethe.
The exhibition seeks to delve into the particular world of one of the most universal artists of the last century through an exhibition that brings the visitor closer to the unique universe, loaded with dreamlike images, that the Catalan artist developed in his facets as an illustrator and draftsman.
Oropesa has highlighted the work that Dalí did on “Life is a Dream” in the 1960s and 1970s, with some inspiration from the bad relationship he had with his father.
But for the curator, the most important pieces are those inspired by the play “Don Juan Tenorio”, which Luis Escobar commissioned from her at the time when he was in charge of the Teatro María Guerrero in Madrid, “and which is wonderfully drawn, with a perfection incredible”.
The Minister of Culture of the Principality and president of the Board of Trustees of the Niemeyer Center, Beta Piñán, has highlighted the artist’s ability to attract the public: “For Dalí, provocation was his best weapon to capture interest, in this case with the courage of immerse yourself in works such as ‘La divina comedia’ or the entrails of ‘Faust’, adding new nuances with his inexhaustible obsession with leaving no one indifferent”.
For her part, the mayoress of Avilés, Mariví Monteserín, highlighted the attraction that this exhibition represents for the Niemeyer Center, thanks to an author who was “a total artist” with a creativity that led him to become involved in cinema, in sculpture or even in design, as is the case of the logo of the famous Chupa Chups.
The exhibition, which can be seen in the Cúpula of the cultural complex until June 18, is the third show developed in collaboration with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía within the framework of the agreement signed between the Madrid art gallery and the Niemeyer.