Salvador Dali, Spanish (1904 - 1989), a rare, original plate signed lithograph poster entitled, "Dali: Inaguracion Teatro Museo Dali, Figueras, Espana, Septiembre 1974", featuring a Dali composition signed and dated 1965 in the plate, published in the U.S. by Phyllis Lucas in 1974. An original poster commemorating the inauguration of the Dali Theatre Museum which was erected in the artist's hometown of Figueras, Spain. According to the Dali Foundation, "Inaugurated in 1974, the Dalí Theatre-Museum rises on the remains of the former Municipal Theatre of Figueres and is considered to be the last great work of Salvador Dali. Everything in it was conceived and designed by the artist so as to offer visitors a real experience and draw them into his unique and captivating world." Dali felt that the Municipal Theatre was the ideal location for his museum. See the artist's statement elaborating on the reasons why in the extended description below. Size: 38.75" L x 21" W (98.4 cm x 53.3 cm)
"Where, if not in my own town, should the most extravagant and solid of my work endure, where if not here? The Municipal Theatre, or what remained of it, struck me as very appropriate, and for three reasons: first, because I am an eminently theatrical painter; second, because the theatre stands right opposite the church where I was baptised; and third, because it was precisely in the hall of the vestibule of the theatre where I hosted my first exhibition." Dali continued, "It's obvious that other worlds exist, that's certain; but, as I've already said in many other occasions, these other worlds are inside ours, they reside on earth and are precisely at the centre of the dome of the Dali Museum, which contains the new, unsuspected and hallucinatory world of Surrealism."
Although Dali had been creating limited edition prints since the 1930's, the works he would create under the counsel of American publishers, Sidney and Phyllis Lucas, after they met in 1964, became regarded as among the best quality of Dali lithographs. The Phyllis Lucas Gallery in New York City had a close relationship with the legendary Salvador Dali. During his stays in New York City, Dali considered the gallery his American home base for the display and sale of his works. Furthermore, in 1963, the Phyllis Lucas gallery held an autograph session and public viewing with Salvador Dali.
Provenance: private Lucille Lucas collection, Crested Butte, Colorado, USA
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