“Aliyah, The Rebirth of Israel” – Collection of Colored Lithographic Reproductions By Salvador Dali [Podcast]

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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.

Aliyah
Aliyah
“A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted for her children, because they are not” (Jeremiah 31:15)
“A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted for her children, because they are not” (Jeremiah 31:15)
The Wailing Wall
The Wailing Wall
“For it is thy life and the length of thy days” (Deuteronomy 30:20)
“For it is thy life and the length of thy days” (Deuteronomy 30:20)
“Return, O virgin of Israel. Return to these, thy cities” (Jeremiah 31:20)
“Return, O virgin of Israel. Return to these, thy cities” (Jeremiah 31:20)
“We shall go up at once and possess it” (Numbers 13:30)
“We shall go up at once and possess it” (Numbers 13:30)
“Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle and over every creeping thing” (Genesis 1:26)
“Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle and over every creeping thing” (Genesis 1:26)
The Pioneers of Israel: “With one of his hands, he wrought the work and, with the other, held his weapon” (Nehemiah 4:11)
The Pioneers of Israel: “With one of his hands, he wrought the work and, with the other, held his weapon” (Nehemiah 4:11)
On the Shores of Freedom: The Eliahu Golomb brings “illegal” immigrants
On the Shores of Freedom: The Eliahu Golomb brings “illegal” immigrants
“Arise, Barak, and lead thy captives into captivity; thou, son of Abinoam” (Judges 5:12)
“Arise, Barak, and lead thy captives into captivity; thou, son of Abinoam” (Judges 5:12)
The Land at the Start of Jewish Settlement: “I will make the wilderness a pool of water” (Isaiah 41:18)
The Land at the Start of Jewish Settlement: “I will make the wilderness a pool of water” (Isaiah 41:18)
The Land Come to Life: “The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:12)
The Land Come to Life: “The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:12)
The Land of Milk and Honey
The Land of Milk and Honey
Out of the Depths
Out of the Depths
“Thou hast laid me in the nethermost pit, in dark places, in the deeps” (Psalms 88:7)
“Thou hast laid me in the nethermost pit, in dark places, in the deeps” (Psalms 88:7)
“Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” (Psalms 23:4)
“Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” (Psalms 23:4)
“I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, choose life that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
“I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, choose life that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
A Moment in History: David Ben Gurion reads the Declaration of Independence May 5, 1948
A Moment in History: David Ben Gurion reads the Declaration of Independence May 5, 1948
Hatikvah (Hope), the Israeli National Anthem
Hatikvah (Hope), the Israeli National Anthem
Orah, Horah: Light, Joy
Orah, Horah: Light, Joy
Angels of Rebirth
Angels of Rebirth
The Battle of the Jerusalem Hills
The Battle of the Jerusalem Hills
Victory: A Song of Thanksgiving
Victory: A Song of Thanksgiving
The Price — Bereavement
The Price — Bereavement
Covenant Eternal: Circumcision
Covenant Eternal: Circumcision

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Salvador Dali’s Aliyah, The Rebirth of Israel – Podcast by Emory University

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