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Surprising Dali

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Exhibition of a private collection of original works by Salvador Dali

Buzau County Museum

Buzau, Romania: 22.09.2020 - 28.02.2021




For the first time in Buzau, the unique exhibition "Surprising Dali" containing original works by Salvador Dali from the Kesauri Collection in France is now at the Buzau County Museum. The exhibition is open from 22/09/2020 to 28/02/2021 and presents 150 original works by the great master of our times.




The "Surprising Dali" exhibition consists of exhibits from the Kesauri Collection of original works by Salvador Dali: lithography, ceramics, bronze, silver, gold works. The exhibition highlights major essential aspects of the work of the great artist of our times - Salvador Dali.

To understand Dali, one must remember the fundamental principle that he was an intellectual artist. Painting, first of all, is the one that best illustrates his theories and ideas. For him it was important to represent not only what we see, but also what we feel, think, probably without realizing it.

The aim of the exhibition is to help the public understand how Salvador Dali materializes his vision, rendered through special artistic language, in the form of images, which often look intangible but are clearly felt by the viewer. Beyond what the eye sees, there is always something hidden, but far more important than just the visual image.

This enigma and mystery attracts and causes the audience to reflect on the fundamental questions of life. Dali's creativity is more about "thinking," "imagining," than "visualizing."

Today, Dali is the most prominent representative of surrealism in art. The critical-paranoid method becomes his way of thinking and self-realization in art. "My whole ambition in the field of painting is to materialize in the most absolutist way possible the precision of the images of concrete irrationalism" (S. Dali). Dali liked to explain the meaning of his work, but… without going into too much detail… "If you think it's too simple, don't hesitate to tell me, I'd be happy to complicate it a bit…".

Dali's creativity, like any work of genius, is relevant today, and his thought "I think we are in the Middle Ages now, but the day of the Renaissance is coming" - is becoming more relevant in the context of the lack of spirituality and depersonalization of man in the modern world. Dali wrote, "Over the centuries, Leonardo da Vinci and I have been communicating with each other." better.

After a series of detailed introductions on artists and their period, the exhibition is divided into seven thematic sections:


Section 1 - Human Trades Portfolio


The series "Human Trades" consists of 11 topics, created by Salvador Dali in the years 1970-1971. Master Dali did not create this series for a limited partner, so his multi-faceted spirit and creativity were not limited by any predetermined direction.

He used symbols and colors with a very specific purpose, that of depicting a rural space familiar to the artist. Therefore, this environment is less known to the general public, which does not know the particular topography of the place.

Later, in 1979, this series "Human Trades" was licensed so that all 11 originals could be used for gold and silver screen printing. Only the silver ones were made, but also these only partially.


Section 2 - Cassandra's Love Portfolio


In 1967, Dali was commissioned by publisher Pierre Argillet to create a series of engravings to illustrate Ronsard's poems. For Dali, the dream images discovered in Ronsard's poetry opened the way for him to express his ideas springing from the subconscious through works with themes such as love, death, the passage of time and the cycle of nature. Each engraving is signed by Dali through embossing.


Section 3 - Tricorn portfolio


Salvador Dali created a series of 20 magnificent lithographs based on the novel and ballet "Tricorn" in 1959. The lithographs are made in a way that requires individual printing of each color, which gives a perfect clarity of color.


Section 4 - Other original works by Salvador Dali


The exhibition features various original works by Salvador Dali, such as tapestries, silk screen printing, lithographs, master-designed postcards or even original works such as the Circular Mosaic that he created especially for the Springbok Edition in New York. Also on display are portfolios and series of Salvador Dali's original works: "The Old Man and the Sea", "Tribute to Meissonier", "1956 Wall Calendar for Hans E. Bahr", "1965 Wall Calendar for Manifattura Ceramica Pozzi" ”.

The exhibition "Surprising Dali" is produced and organized by the Buzău County Museum and Art Expo SIA.

A project that aims to attract families, young people, clients and workers in the art world, offering reduced tickets to exhibitions, events and art and culture activities.


Buzau County Museum

Address: Buzău, Aleea Castanilor, Nr. 1, Jud. Buzau

Visiting hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 (last ticket at 17:30) / summer schedule; from Tuesday to Sunday between 09.00-17.00 (last ticket at 16:30) / winter program.

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10 lei
Audio guide ticket Adult 37 lei
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27 lei
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Buzau County Museum

Buzau County Museum is the main museum institution in Buzau County. Its foundations were laid by Basil Iorgulescu and the development of the collections led to several stages of expansion. The current headquarters is the third. From 1977 until now it is housed in the building of the former Girls' School. The building, built between 1931 and 1937, is included in the list of historical monuments, being one of the most imposing buildings in the city.

The permanent exhibitions were opened here in 1980-1981, being subsequently modified and updated in 1986, 1990, 1999-2001, 2004, 2015-2017. The newest project was implemented after the complete restoration of the building (carried out in the period 2010-2015, based on the financing of 36,906,590 lei / 8,201,464 Euros offered through the Regional Operational Program 2007-2013).

In the 1980s and 1990s, the museum's collections became substantially richer as a result of archaeological research, acquisitions, and donations. In addition to the consistent collections of history and archeology, the museum's fund has grown steadily, enriching itself with valuable goods ethnographical, artist, numismatics and in the field of mineralogy and al natural sciences.

Under the auspices of the institution, a series of books were published ("Mousaios Library"), 2 annual scientific bulletins ("Mousaios" and "Annals of the Buzău”), Catalogs and monographs, fruit of the scientific research activity carried out within the museum institution.

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