By Bruce Edwin
Salvador Dali's publisher, Pierre Argillet (1910-2001) and Dali enjoyed a collaboration and a friendship that spanned five decades; and produced what many art historians have termed "the finest bodies of the Master's Art." Pierre Argillet's body of Dali's etchings, original works and books appear in museums throughout the world, and have enjoyed a home at the Museum of Surrealism in Melun, France (Pierre Argillet's former home "Chateau Vaux-le-Penil" and former museum) as well as in the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. The collection is also housed at the prestigious Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The exhibition included works from Dali's Suites, including Mythologie, Les Hippies, Goethe's Faust, and the incomparable Poemes Secrets d'Apollinaire. Madame Argillet has also included the rare titles, Etchings and Watercolors from 1934 to the late 1960's.
Madame Argillet is both the Curator of this Dali Collection, as well as the daughter of the famed Pierre Argillet, Salvador Dali's publisher and confidante for over fifty years. Her story is compelling in terms of artistic knowledge and family history of Dali, Dadaism, the Surrealists, and the stories behind the artists who shaped these most important art movements. The Argillet Collection is one of the most authenticated collection of Dali's work throughout his career. The Pierre Argillet Collection demonstrates high standards of quality and the works have appeared in the world's most prestigious museums: Musee Boymans, Rotterdam; Musee Pushkin, Moscow; The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida; Kunsthaus Zurich and Staatsgalarie, Stuttgart; Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo; Daimaru Art Museum, Osaka and Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan. The collection's permanent home is at the Museum of Surrealism in Melun, France and the Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain.
Madame Argillet describes this exhibition as "A tribute to the work of my father, Pierre Argillet, as an extraordinary publisher of the Dada and Surrealist group. This collection reflects a constant endeavor and a close collaboration with the artists of these two movements, especially Salvador Dali. My goal is to have this collection presented in the finest museums and galleries in the world." A very rare collection of etchings in the exhibit entitled "Songs of Maldoror," entailed 50 etchings by Dali, done between 1934 and 1973. The Songs of Maldoror have only been exhibited once before, in a four-month exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
The complete exhibition ran only one weekend at Gallery 319 in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Sentinel had the pleasure to enjoy a private preview of the show on October 16th, 2013, as well as to sit down for an exclusive interview with Madame Argillet to discuss Dali and his work as follows. Those interested in more information about the collection may contact The Hollywood Sentinel through the front page of this site.
To listen to our exclusive interview with Madame Argillet by Bruce Edwin of The Hollywood Sentinel concerning Salvador Dali, click on the video here below:
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