- This is the first international exhibition dedicated to Gala, artist and Dali’s muse, and key figure of 20th century avant-garde.
- The exhibition brings together 315 paintings, drawings, photographs and documents related to Gala.
Abertis sponsors the exhibition “Gala Salvador Dalí”, the first international exhibition dedicated to Gala, artist and Dali’s muse, hosted by the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). The exhibition will be opened to the public from July 6 to October 14, 2018.
The exhibition is organised and produced by the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Barcelona) and Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí (Figueres). It brings together 315 paintings, and displays for the first time an interesting set of letters, postcards and books, as well as dresses and dressing table objects from Elena Dmitrievna Diakonova, popularly known as Gala.
The exhibition reveals the changes in Gala’s image through her different performances, reflected by Dali’s painting brushes; it also allows following the evolution of the painter thanks to an important set of oils and drawings.
The artworks come from the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, together with eighteen large museums and collections, from Europe and America.
The media conference was attended by Pepe Serra, director of MNAC; Montse Aguer, director of Dalí museums; Estrella de Diego, curator of the exhibition; and Sergi Loughney, director of Corporate Reputation and Communication of Abertis.
Abertis' commitment to culture
This show is one of the many cultural events sponsored by Abertis focused on the surrealist artist. In 2013, Abertis sponsored the largest retrospective of Salvador Dalí, which beat historical visitor records in Paris and in Madrid. It was also the first retrospective of Dalí to travel to Latin America, visiting Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo in Brazil, and became the most visited exhibition in history.
Abertis' entail to the world of art includes another historical out-standing milestone: the acquisition, by means of dation, of the oil of the of Malaga artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Woman with cap and leather neck (1937), in 2007. The painting can be visited nowadays at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.
The exhibition “Gala Salvador Dalí” provides further evidence of Abertis' commitment to culture, through the collaboration with cultural institutions in the areas where the Group has a presence, with the aim of bringing culture to society and supporting governments in this mission. Cultural sponsorship is at the heart of Abertis' Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility Plan, in which the company regards culture as an asset that enriches people and enhances life quality.