The Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Karelia offers a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the art of great Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí.
Only for three weeks the exhibition “The masterpieces of Salvador Dalí” from a private collection of Yekaterinburg businessman Alexander Shadrin will be exposed in the museum halls. The exposition consists of approximately one hundred artworks of Dalí’s late period: graphic works, surrealistic sculptures and ceramics. Dalí was constantly working on the contents of these artworks trying to sharpen it throughout his life. Most of the artworks that will be exposed are graphic works from the series: Gargantua and Pantagruel, Les Vitraux (The Stained Glass Windows), Bestiary la Fontaine, naked Apollinaire, Tauromachie and others.
The story of the collection creation is interesting. In 1998 A. Shadrin got acquainted with Dalí‘s lawyer, Beniamino Levi, who is a founder and a director of The Dalí Universe Foundation. It took many years to negotiate on the purchase of the entire Dalí‘s collection. In 2006 the purchase agreement was signed. A few years later, in 2011, the collection was replenished with Dalí’s works from Pierre Arzhile and his son Jean Christophe’s collection. P. Arzhile was a good friend of the artist for many years.
Starting in 2006 the collection has been traveling through Russian cities and has been exposed in the best exhibition and museum halls. The number of visitors, who got acquainted with the works of this genius, is approaching one million.
During the exhibition “The masterpieces of Salvador Dalí”, hold in Sakhalin in 2011, the owner of the collection A.Shadrin dipped Dalí‘s sculpture “Homage to Newton” into the water of the Sea of Okhotsk as a sign that the exhibition traveled throughout Russia, from the Baltic to the Sea of Okhotsk.
The collection of Alexander Shadrin has been given the status of “The National heritage of Russia”.