Salvador Dalí’s Fantastical Fairy Tales

March 11 - May 21, 2017

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Explore the connections between art and literature while marveling at Dalí’s inventiveness and fine craftsmanship.

This beautiful exhibition features 36 colorful prints from The Dalí Museum that will delight visitors of all ages. Prints are a major part of Salvador Dalí’s work, and here we celebrate his fine and varied techniques in illustrations for stories including Alice in Wonderland, Don Quixote, and the tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Salvador Dalí is one of the great modern artists of the 20th century. He believed that dreams were as real as so-called reality and that art created from visions could be as insightful as realism, if not more so. Visitors get a chance to explore the connections between art and literature while marveling at Dalí’s inventiveness and fine craftsmanship. 

Learn more about the exhibition with our multimedia tour featuring in-depth discussions with experts from both inside and outside the art world.

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School visit and lesson plans availalbe here.

From the Exhibition

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Down the Rabbit Hole

Salvador Dalí

Down the Rabbit Hole (1969)

Salvador Dalí

Spanish (1904–1989)

Heliogravure on Japon nacré

Collection of the Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

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Advice from a Caterpillar

Salvador Dalí

Advice from a Caterpillar (1969)

Salvador Dalí

Spanish (1904–1989)

Heliogravure on Japon nacré

Collection of the Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

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A Mad Tea Party

Salvador Dalí

A Mad Tea Party (1969)

Salvador Dalí

Spanish (1904–1989)

Heliogravure on Japon nacré

Collection of the Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

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The Ugly Duckling

Salvador Dalí

The Ugly Duckling (1966)

Salvador Dalí

Spanish (1904–1989)

Heliogravure on Japon nacré

Collection of the Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

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The Sandman

Salvador Dalí

The Sandman (1966)

Salvador Dalí

Spanish (1904–1989)

Heliogravure on Japon nacré

Collection of the Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

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The Toad

Salvador Dalí

The Toad (1966)

Salvador Dalí

Spanish (1904–1989)

Heliogravure on Japon nacré

Collection of the Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

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L’ere atomique (The Atomic Era)

Salvador Dalí

L’ere atomique (The Atomic Era) (1957)

Salvador Dalí

Spanish (1904–1989)

Original lithograph on stone, watercolor and collage

From Pages choisies de Don Quichotte de la Mancha (Selected Pages of Don Quixote of La Mancha)

Collection of the Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

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Don Quichotte (Don Quixote)

Salvador Dalí

Don Quichotte (Don Quixote) (1957)

Salvador Dalí

Spanish (1904–1989)

Original lithograph on stone, watercolor and collage

From Pages choisies de Don Quichotte de la Mancha (Selected Pages of Don Quixote of La Mancha)

Collection of the Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

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Madonne

Salvador Dalí

Madonne (1957)

Salvador Dalí

Spanish (1904–1989)

Original lithograph on stone, watercolor and collage

From Pages choisies de Don Quichotte de la Mancha (Selected Pages of Don Quixote of La Mancha)

Collection of the Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

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Don Quichotte a la tete qui eclat (Don Quixote with Exploding Head)

Salvador Dalí

Don Quichotte a la tete qui eclat (Don Quixote with Exploding Head) (1957)

Salvador Dalí

Spanish (1904–1989)

Original lithograph

From Histoire d'un grand livre (Story of a Great Book)

Collection of the Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

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Art Break: Dalí In La Mancha

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Dr. Sharon Knight is the Chair of the Modern Foreign Languages Department at Presbyterian College. She received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in Romance Languages. Her area of specialization is early modern prose narrative, particularly the novels and short stories of Miguel de Cervantes.

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Now on View: Salvador Dali’s Fantastical Fairy Tales

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Will South, chief curator

Salvador Dalí is beloved not only by many museumgoers, but by legions of imaginative innovators in every field who thrill at the idea of stretching reality into something new. That achievement—of showing the world a completely different way of seeing—is what draws admirers to the dreamscapes of this international phenomenon we know as “Dalí.”

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Photos from the Fantastical Family Art Fest

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On Saturday, March 18, the CMA hosted a family fun event for families that go to childcare centers that are part of Richland County First Steps Program. The Fantastical Family Art Fest was inspired by Dalí’s fairy tale illustrations and themed after Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

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The CMA would like to thank the following sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

  • Joyce and George Hill

Supporting Sponsors

  • Susan Thorpe and John Baynes

Contributing Sponsors

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Grantors

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Lipscomb Sponsors

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  • Marcia and Allen Montgomery

Friend Sponsors

  • Mary and Preston Spivey
  • Marcia Stine

Patrons

  • The Frank Braddock Group at Janney Montgomery Scott
  • JR and Nancy Stock
  • Leslie and Jeff Archie
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joe E. Taylor, Jr.

Additional Support From

  • Tony and Sheila DiCioccio