ט״ו באלול ה׳תשע״ג (August 21, 2013)
“Aliyah, The Rebirth of Israel” – Collection of Colored Lithographic Reproductions By Salvador Dali [Podcast]
Published in 1968 in honor of Israel’s 20th anniversary, Dali’s Aliyah is a little-known suite in which the late Spanish surrealist portrays the epic history of the Jewish diaspora and the return to the homeland. This exhibit is a complete collection of the 25 signed, colored lithographic reproductions of original mixed-media paintings by Salvador Dali.
Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) is one of the most famous and popular artists of the twentieth century. Until recently, however, most critics and art historians considered only a small portion of his prolific output — that executed between 1929 and 1939, when he was in direct contact with the Paris Surrealists — to be worthy of serious study. Over the past decade, there has been a revitalization of interest in Dalí’s art and writing of the 1940s through the 1980s, though that “renaissance” has concerned chiefly his paintings — his 1950s “Nuclear Mysticism,” his 1960s proto-Pop Art paintings, and his 1970s experiments with optical illusions — and, to a lesser extent, his films. His enormous body of limited-edition graphic suites, in contrast, continues to await proper reassessment.
The Exhibit, Aliyah, The Rebirth of Israel (1968), organized as part of the dedicatory year for the Marcus Hillel Center of Emory University, leads that effort, buttressing the growing critical awareness and appreciation of Dalí’s later work through its reconsideration of what is surely one of the artist’s most visually appealing — and historically significant — graphic commissions.
Exhibit of Salvador Dali’s “Aliyah, the Rebirth of Israel”, arranged in a thematic order, shows Dali’s portrayal of the pain of the exile and its culmination in the fulfilment of the Zionist vision of the return of the Jews to their homeland.
The suite, which shows the full range of Dali’s masterful technique, includes a wide spectrum of moods, from somber reflection to stark tragedy to joyous celebration. The texts accompanying the Exhibit explain the setting of Dali’s work, including an analysis of his connection to Jews and Zionism, and provide a commentary to each lithograph.
Salvador Dali’s Aliyah, The Rebirth of Israel – Podcast by Emory University
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