Major Dalí retrospective opening this January in Moscow

Salvador Dalí by Robert Whitaker (1968)

"Salvador Dalí. Magic Art" will mark the largest exhibition dedicated to the Spanish master ever held in Russia, where his work was notably banned during the Soviet era.

The presentation, held at the Manege Central Exhibition Hall, will feature more than 180 works by Dalí, including paintings, drawings, watercolors and engravings.

"Salvador Dalí. Magic Art" will be chiefly composed of artworks loaned by the Gala Salvador Dalí Foundation and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, with other pieces coming from private European collections.

The exhibition will follow Dalí's development as a painter, allowing Russian visitors to discover every stage of his creative journey from his youth in the 1910s to his final works in the 1980s.

His Surrealist and Nuclear Mystical periods are of particular significance in the development of his inimitable signature style, as masterpieces like "The Invisible Man" and "Uranium and Atomica Melancholica Idyll" testify.

Also included in "Salvador Dalí. Magic Art" is "Soft Self-Portrait with Grilled Bacon," which will be on show for the first time in Russia.

This painting shows the artist's desire "to rid myself of my own skin, that initial skin of my formless and revolutionary life," also reflecting his search for new meaning for his art in the ideals of the Renaissance.

Another highlight of the retrospective is the stereoscopic diptych "Dalí Seen from the Back Painting Gala from the Back Eternalized by Six Virtual Corneas Provisionally Reflected by Six Real Mirrors," which demonstrate the painter's interest for science and technology.

"Salvador Dalí. Magic Art" will also include a section focusing on Dalí's Russian-born wife and muse, Gala, which the artist notably depicts as the Virgin Mary in his 1949 "The Madonna of Port Lligat."

"Dalí was a man infinitely in love with art, his wife Gala, and himself; a person who longed for the immortality of everything he loved. These experiments are reflected in Dalí's paintings, which are equally drawn to the past of human culture and its future," Vladimir Voronchenko, who organized the show as Chairman of The Link of Times Foundation and Director of Fabergé Museum, said in a statement.

"Salvador Dalí. Magic Art" will be on view from February 28 through March 25 at the Manege Central Exhibition Hall in Moscow, Russia.

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