Salvador Dalí, ‘Invitation to "Exposition Dalì"’, 1934, Wallector
Salvador Dalí, ‘Invitation to "Exposition Dalì"’, 1934, Wallector
Salvador Dalí, ‘Invitation to "Exposition Dalì"’, 1934, Wallector
Salvador Dalí, ‘Invitation to "Exposition Dalì"’, 1934, Wallector

Folding invitation to Dalì’s exhibition. Galerie Jacques Bonjean, Paris, 20 June-13 July 1934. Illustrated cover by Dalì. Invitation (15 x 12 cm) complete with red envelope (12,7 x 15,5 cm). Gala contribution on the envelope, concerning the address and the recipient filling. Letter addressed to the Countess Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt, sent from Paris on 16 June 1934.

Inside, a complete list of Dalì’ works exhibited “images subconscients, surréaliste, extravagantes, paranoiaques, hypnagogiques, extra-picturales, phénomenales, super-abondante, super-fines, etc.. de l’Irrationalité Concrète”.

These works are categorised in catalogue works, borrowed works, sculptures, “objets surrealists”, drawings. Into the back a Dalì’s drawing reproduction and two tiny marks. Excellent condition, except three tiny marks inner pages.

Dalì was going to organise an exhibition of 39 works, as the folding invitation shows, with a “critical-paranoid” imaginery that was charming the New World. Dalì was becoming the “only real surrealist”, the real “Dalì”.

F. Nicosia, Dalì, il Giornale, Milano, 2006, pp. 52,53,
G. Neret, Dalì, L’Espresso, Roma, 2001, p. 30.

About Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí was a leading proponent of Surrealism, the 20-century avant-garde movement that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious through strange, dream-like imagery. “Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision,” he said. Dalí is specially credited with the innovation of “paranoia-criticism,” a philosophy of art making he defined as “irrational understanding based on the interpretive-critical association of delirious phenomena.” In addition to meticulously painting fantastic compositions, such as The Accommodations of Desire (1929) and the melting clocks in his famed The Persistence of Memory (1931), Dalí was a prolific writer and early filmmaker, and cultivated an eccentric public persona with his flamboyant mustache, pet ocelot, and outlandish behavior and quips. “Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure,” he once said. “That of being Salvador Dalí.”

Spanish, 1904-1989, Figueres, Spain