The Dali believes in art’s great lesson – that we shape the world with our imaginations – which is one reason we are proud to share our outstanding collection of works by Dali with the world.
In 2012, thanks to support from our community, four of the Monumental Canvases in greatest need of restoration were conserved as part of a live exhibition titled Stripped Bare + Bathed: The Preservation of Dali’s Masterworks.
Several other paintings still require conservation treatments. This coming year, we will concentrate on conserving two paintings that will be featured in a major visiting exhibition in the fall, Portrait of My Sister, 1923, and Profanation of the Host, 1929.
Portrait of My Sister brought Dali considerable fame when it was shown in Spain. Painted in two periods around Dali’s first meeting with Picasso, it is a double portrait, like a playing card, and shows the influence of Picasso on the young Dali. Damaged during the Spanish Civil War, it has not been restored since 1965. Profanation of the Host exemplifies the irreverent spirit of Dali and the Surrealists expressed in reaction to the cherished conventions of society.
We ask that you help ensure the preservation and protection of the museum’s most valuable asset, the permanent collection. Those who contribute $1,000 or more will be recognized as Keepers of the Collection. Click here to see a list of our current Keepers. Supporters at all levels will also be listed in the museum lobby for one year and on The Dali website.