Montse Aguer

‘Dali, the painter’

Exhibition Grimaldi Forum

from 6 July to 8 September 2019

by Kay Hare

Without requiring much of an introduction to the great painter Salvador Dali I can, however,  introduce the curator of the show this summer at the Grimaldi Forum. A graduate in Catalan Philology from the University Autonoma of Barcelona and with a PhD in Contemporary Art Montse is one of the members of the institution who knew Salvador Dali personality I asked her a few questions of my own: 

Salvador Dali has a reputation for being eccentric in his mannerisms however, you had the privilege of meeting Dali what was he like as a person? Do you think his eccentricities were put on as a show or was he really like this naturally? 

Dalí acted eccentrically only before cameras and an audience. In his intimate circle, he was a near person, kind, cultivated, respectful and very curious. Dalí’s character is an artwork made by him, a creation which I believe served him as a mask to protect himself.

Was Dali interested in other artists work of his peerage, or was he more of a private, reclusive person?

Dali was a very curious person. He was interested in everything and, of course, also in other artists as well as in new trends. He would welcome young people in his home in Portugal, anyone who would pay him visit as if they went on a pilgrimage. Some of them were artists who would show their works to him. Curiosity defines Dalí.

If Dali was alive today do you think he would still be living and working in Spain?

I am totally sure of this. He belonged to his landscape, to Cadaqués, Portlligat and Cape Creus. He had to live there for what his place represented in terms of asceticism, magic and inspiration as well as for its light, colour, shape and texture.

I am sure Dali would be proud of his exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco; do you plan to tour the exhibition after the summer period? And, if so where?

Dalí would be very proud of it. He wanted to write the History of Art or, as he would put it, the Art of History. In his work, there are references to the Great Masters of the Past such as Vermeer, Raphael or Velasquez. At the same time, he was interested in present and future. He was very much ahead of his time. To put an example, he created his first hologram in collaboration with the Nobel Prize for Physics Dennis Gabor.

Is there an opportunity for children to get involved in the exhibition?

Children love Dalí’s paintings. They feel attracted by the shapes and colours he depicts and the way he captures reality. Dalí appeals to magic and imagination.

If Dali was still with us today and you had an opportunity of asking him a question what would it be?

I would ask him about his philosophy and the way he approaches reality. He used to say that one needs to know how to look at reality, one needs to invent the reality. He stated, as Leonardo had proved, that painting is better than any other art since it is perceived by the most prominent and divine organ: the eye.

What do you hope the Dali exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum achieves overall? 

By means of this exhibition, we want to go beyond the character and focus on Dalí the painter. He was obsessed with painting. Back in 1925, he wrote: “Craftsmanship, a word that arouses a thrill at once so old and so new”. Craftsmanship will be appreciated throughout the exhibition. We will see a Dalí that swings between tradition and avant-garde. He wished to become a great painter and would master the technique. Dalí was a great painter with a deep and passionate knowledge of art of the Past but also opened a door to an art that was eminently contemporary.

Opening Times

 Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Late opening on Thursdays until 10 p.m.

Admission fee : Pre-sale price : € 6 on until 30 June 2019

Full price = € 11. Concessionary rates: Groups (+ 10 persons) = € 9 – Students (-25 years of age upon presentation of student card) = € 9 – Senior citizens (+65 years of age) =  € 9 – FREE ADMISSION for children under 18 years of age

Guided visits = € 9, every Thursday and Sunday at 2.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. subject to availability (maximum 25 persons).

Concessionary rate available to holders of an SNCF rail ticket for the day of visit: € 9

Audioguides = € 6

Disabled access : The exhibition is accessible to disabled and wheelchair visitors.

Grimaldi Forum Ticket Office

Tél. +377 99 99 3000 – Fax +377 99 99 3001 – E-mail : online ticket office and FNAC outlets. 

Exhibition catalogue : Format 24 x 28 cm. Texts in French and English.

Retail price softbound edition: € 29,95 Date of publication: July 2019. Publisher: HAZAN


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