Aliyah: The Rebirth of Israel
Featuing Original Prints by Salvador Dali
March 3, 2013 - July 30, 2013
Slow Art Day
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 5pm - 8pm
with talks by
David Blumenthal, Professor of Judaic Studies, Emory University
Noit Banai, Lecturer of Modern and Contemporary Art, Tufts University and the School of Museum of Fine Arts
Wine and Hors D'oeuvres to follow.
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About the Exhibit
Salvador Dalí (1904 – 1989) is one of the most famous artists of the twentieth century. Until recently, most critics and art historians considered only a small portion of his work – done between 1929 and 1939, when he was in direct contact with the Paris Surrealists – to be worthy of serious study. Over the past decade, however, there has been a revitalization of interest in Dalí’s art and writing of the 1940’s through the 1980’s, including his “Nuclear Mysticism,” Pop Art paintings and films. His enormous body of limited-edition graphic suites, in contrast, continues to await its due recognition. The Exhibit Aliyah, The Rebirth of Israel (1968) 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.
Published in 1968 in honor of Israel's 20th anniversary, Dalí's Aliyah portrays the history of the Jewish people's return to their homeland. This exhibit is a complete collection of the 25 signed, colored lithographic reproductions of original mixed-media paintings by Salvador Dalí. The collection also includes a guide and podcast (availble to visitors in the gallery during the exhibition) by Professor Blumenthal, which explains the context within the oeuvre of Dalí as well as the Zionist background of each lithograph. The prints are accompanied by a large-format book with the test written by Gerson D. Cohen and the introduction written and signed by David Ben Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel.
Sponsored by the BU Jewish Cultural Endowment, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Grater Boston, BU Hillel, BU Center of European Studies, and Emory University.