“The Meadows is the only museum in Texas with a painting by Salvador Dalí,”
states Dr. Mark Roglán, the Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum.
That painting, The Fish Man (L’homme poisson), 1930, entered the collection in 2014.
As part of its due diligence, the museum sent it to the conservation studio at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.
The discoveries made there inspired the exhibition Dalí: Poetics of the Small, on view at the Meadows this fall.
The scope of the exhibition focuses on Dalí’s small, early Surrealist paintings completed between 1929 and 1936.
According to Claire Barry, the Director of Conservation at the Kimbell, under the microscope, L’homme poisson revealed previously unknown preparatory work as well as compositional changes.
This discovery, Roglán says, “made us realize how limited the scholarship was on these works.”
The Meadows organized this exhibition of 21 paintings as a way to expand upon this research.
Loans are coming from private collections and public institutions across the United States
and Canada as well as the UK, Spain, and France. “Some of the private loans are not well known and haven’t been seen often.
One of the surprises of the exhibition will be some of those paintings,” says William Jeffett,
Chief Curator of Exhibitions at The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Six of the paintings on view are from this institution. Dallas will be the only venue for this unique showing.
Among the major works coming are The Accommodations of Desire
(c. 1929, Metropolitan Museum of Art), The Angelus (c. 1932, private collection),
and The Weaning of Furniture-Nutrition (1934, The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida).
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