1-of-a-Kind Collection of Salvador Dali Artworks Headed to Park City One-of-a-Kind Collection of Salvador Dali Artworks Headed to Park City

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1-of-a-Kind Collection of Salvador Dali Artworks Headed to Park City One-of-a-Kind Collection of Salvador Dali Artworks Headed to Park City


Hill, Scotti, Deseret News (Salt Lake City)


By Scotti Hill

For the Deseret News

PARK CITY - The eccentric Salvador Dali is considered by many to be one of the 20th century's foremost artistic geniuses. His vibrant artwork expresses dreamlike fantasies, and his public persona was one of whimsical humor and intrigue, evident by his famous mustache. As an artist who achieved superstardom outside the art world, his work continues to inspire and fascinate.

Utahns will have the chance to view a collection of Dali's work as Park City's Old Towne Gallery hosts "Dali: The Argillet Collection," the product of a rich friendship and collaboration between the artist and his publisher and friend Pierre Argillet. Previews of the exhibit began Friday, but Argillet's daughter, Christine Argillet, will be in Park City March 17-19 for special appearances with the exhibit.

From the time of her father's death in 2001, Christine Argillet has managed and curated the assortment of lesser-known Dali works, comprised of etchings, watercolors, drawings and gouaches, as well as sculptures and porcelain plates.

"My father used to tell me: 'You shouldn't show the same exhibition each time. You should go somewhere where you're not expected,' " Argillet said in an interview.

In addition to maintaining fond childhood memories of Dali, who died in 1989, Argillet speaks masterfully and passionately about the nuances of the collection and has overseen its installation in a variety of locations, including in Japan, Sweden and Canada.

Due to the exhibition's extensive touring history, Park City will receive a smaller collection than the 200 or so works, made between 1934 and 1973, that once comprised the assortment. Other works from the collection have been donated to museums over the years.

Pierre Argillet was a young student in Paris when he met Dali in 1933. The two started taking pictures and exchanging ideas while immersing themselves in the cultural vibrancy of Parisian cafes where artists were reimagining the world around them. The pair later reconnected after World War II and embarked on a creative collaboration that yielded incredible artworks.

"Dali was extremely kind and close to my father, and a strong friendship emerged from their shared projects, which pushed my father to work more with (Dali) and then exclusively (with) him over other artists, which made other artists unhappy," Christine Argillet said.

As a photographer, Pierre Argillet was fascinated with black and white. He exhibited a particular affinity for printmaking and started a collection of drawings and paintings that expanded over time. …

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