An exhibition of Salvador Dalí’s artwork is currently open in the exhibition hall of the Convent of St. Claire in Dubrovnik. The unique exhibition features a series of Dalí’s prints, including the graphic opuses “The Divine Comedy” (1964) and “Biblia Sacra” (1967), which offer a glimpse into the artist’s perspective on the Bible and Dante’s The Divine Comedy. These works have a special place in Dalí’s opus because of the techniques used.
When he died in 1989, Dalí left behind a collection of close to 1,700 graphic prints, some of which are considered among the best examples of 20th century print making. He created these using a variety of techniques, including engraving, woodcut, gravure printing, lithography and mixed media, and explored a wide range of topics, including literary works such as Don Quixote, The Decameron, Alice in Wonderland, Faust, Tristan and Isolde, and The Old Man and the Sea. The works on display in Dubrovnik were created during what some consider was the golden age of Dalí’s prints. The exhibition presents a diverse selection of the artist’s works, including more than 130 prints dating from the period from 1964 to 1967, 70 graphic prints, Dalí’s statue of Dante Alighieri and a decomposition of a wood carving of “The Divine Comedy.”
The exhibition, which was previously seen by more than 100,000 people in several cities, was brought to Dubrovnik by the Slovenian gallerist David Rjazancev. It opened in early April and closes on November 29.
Convent of St. Claire
The Convent of St. Claire, which houses the exhibition, is the best known of eight convents in Dubrovnik. It is located next to the Great Onofrio Fountain, near the south side of the Pile Gates, the entrance into the Old Town on its western wall.
Built in the late 13th and early 14th century, the convent served as an orphanage for abandoned and illegitimate children from 1432 until the French administration took over during Napoleon’s rule and closed down the convent. The orphanage was one of the first institutions of its kind in the world. The French turned the convent into a weapons warehouse and a horse stable. After World War II, the building was turned into a restaurant and an open-air cinema, and today it serves multiple purposes.
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