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Museum Collection Conservation Fund Appeal 2018

01 Nov
Thursday
31 Dec
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Museum Collection Conservation Fund Appeal 2018

Thursday, Nov. 01, 8am–Monday, Dec. 31, 11:59pm
As we approach the end of the calendar year, we need your help in maintaining the integrity of our continuously aging collection. Last year, with the donations received we were able to provide much-needed conservation work to two 1930s oil paintings on canvas, Dali’s Oeufs sur le Plat sans le Plat (Eggs on the Plate without the Plate) (1932) and Girl’s Back (1926). This year, we are focusing our conservation efforts on The Lane to Port Lligat with View of Cape Creus (1922) and Telephone in a Dish with Three Grilled Sardines at the End of September (1939). The delicate, time-consuming and precise work of restoration not only returns the works to a more pristine condition for viewing, it also helps assure the longevity of ever-aging Dali works in our permanent collection.

 

This conservation work is a vital part of the Museum’s mission: sharing an expertly curated collection of Salvador Dali works.  Without the necessary attention, important pieces within the collection are at risk of being retired to storage. Gifts of any amount are appreciated and all funds will go directly to collection care.

 

The Lane to Port Lligat 1922
The Lane to Port Lligat with View of Cape Creus (1922)

The scene depicts a path lined on both sides by olive orchards leading from Cadaques to the neighboring fishing village of Port Lligat, where Dali would later settle. In the distance, the lighthouse and rocks of Cap Creus are visible. Dali utilizes an impressionist style that exhibits his growing mastery of light.  Slate gray dry-stone walls still line the roadway, but today the blooming olive trees no longer exist, killed by blight.

Conservation will remove the discolored varnish, which mars the muted colors and brightness of the painting. Retouching of losses and reversing incorrect techniques will enhance this early oil painting.

 

Telephone in a Dish with Three Grilled Sardines at the End of September 1939
Telephone in a Dish with Three Grilled Sardines at the End of September (1939)

The imagery relates to Dali’s preoccupation with the threat of world war in 1938 and Neville Chamberlain’s attempts to avert conflict at all costs by making concessions to Hitler. Telephone diplomacy resulted in the ill-fated Munich Agreement, which would be annulled when Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939.

The painting needs a new a stretcher to correct the buckling and impressions which mar its surface and interfere with image clarity. It will be cleaned and distortions in the canvas flattened, to insure the imagery is seen as Dali intended. New strip lining will prevent future tears on the margins, and varnishing, if required post-cleaning, will return the image to its original luster. 

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