The versatile and eccentric Spaniard is now a Berliner
A permanent museum exhibition with over 400 exhibits in the very heart of Berlin.
Salvador Dalí – one of the most talented artists of the modern era, who staged his works and himself in the most spectacular of ways. “Surrealism for all” – this is the spirit in which over 400 of the exhibits of this enigmatic personality are now permanently on view on the Potsdamer Platz. This new institutional cultural highlight provides visitors with the most comprehensive insight into Dalí’s virtuoso experimental mastery of almost all artistic techniques, right in the very heart of Berlin.
The start of 2009, the 20th anniversary of Dalí’s death as well as of the fall of the Berlin Wall, saw the popular and polarising art of Salvador Dalí, which was always able to pull down walls, commemorated in this fixed arrangement as a permanent exhibition in a historic setting. This privately-funded museum provides an enriching new cultural highlight in the world-class museum landscape of this amazing city.
The display is drawn from a pool of over 2,000 works from private collections from around the world, including drawings, lithographs, etchings, woodcuts, illustrated books, documents and supporting works, original graphics and complete portfolios, including items designed by the artist himself, three-dimensional works, multiple objects and sculptures as well as contemporary reports, texts and film sequences. The founder and curator, Carsten Kollmeier, designed this ever-changing selection in close cooperation with the collectors and his team.
From his first lithographic work "Don Quixote", with which Dalí founded “bulletism” by firing antique muskets (so-called arquebuses) into the large, heavy litho stone, through his most stunning works incorporating the drypoint etching technique, which included the complete work of "Tristan and Isolde", and the cycle of Dante’s “Divine Comedy”, which he originally started under a commission from the Italian government, through to spectacular sculptures such as the “Surrealist Angel”, which Dalí as the “God of Surrealism” brought down to man on Earth as the bearer of the “Gospel of Surrealism”, the exhibition provides a unique opportunity to re-discover Dalí. All in line with the motto: My own Dalí.
Even the famous, Papal-blessed Dalí work, the “Apocalypse of St. John”, for which Dalí, completely in line with his paranoid-critical method, splattered nails onto the etching plates and then ran over a sewing machine with a steam roller, can be found here.
"The fact that I myself, at the moment of painting, do not understand the meaning [of my art] doesn’t imply that these paintings are meaningless; on the contrary, their meaning is so deep, complex, coherent and involuntary that it eludes the simple analysis of logical intuition", wrote Dalí in his essay, “The Conquest of the Irrational”, published in 1935.
In order to assist visitors make their way through this fascinating world more easily, so-called “Dalí Scouts” are on hand every day to guide visitors through the almost hourly guided tours of the exhibition, or also as visitor contacts inside the exhibition to answer questions or give suggestions.
“Come into my brain”, as Dalí once himself invited his viewers.