Pablo Picasso - Still Life with a Bottle, Playing Cards, and a Wineglass on a Table, 1914
Joan Miro - Painting, 1933
ST. PETERSBURG - The Salvador Dalí Museum looks to the artist's homeland for its next major exhibition - "Salvador Dalí and a Century of Art from Spain: Picasso to Plensa" on display from May 5 through July 30.
The exhibition will highlight the diversity and evolution of 20th and early 21st century Spanish art from cubism and surrealism to constructivism and geometric abstraction.
It will offer an overview of both historical and contemporary Spanish masters. Dalí Museum visitors will see a microcosm of Spanish art history from Pablo Picasso to modern sculptor Jaume Plensa.
The exhibition will feature works on loan by Spanish artists ranging from the early 20th century work of Dalí, Picasso, Juan Gris, Joan Miró and Julio Gonzáles; through art from mid century masters Antonio Tàpies, Antonio Saura, Manolo Millarcs, Eduardo Chillida and Jorge Oteiza; to the cuttingedge work of contemporary artists Antoni Miralda, Miquel Barceló, Miguel Ángel Campano, Francisco Leiro, Perejaume, Carlos Pazos, Cristina Iglesias, Jordi Colomer, Joan Fontcuberta, Yamandú Canosa, Rogelio López Cuenca, Mabel Palacín and Jaume Plensa among others.
A civil war and resulting four-decade dictatorship forced many Spanish artists into exile or positions of cultural resistance, but also gave them their voice. A biting social commentary is apparent throughout the exhibition, noticeable even in the work of contemporary Spanish artists who were deeply influenced by their predecessors.
The exhibition will illustrate the contributions of Spanish artists to every important avant-garde movement from the last century: cubism, surrealism, abstract impressionism, constructivism, pop art, conceptualism, and the painting, sculpture and new-media works of the last 25 years.
The exhibition will contain art borrowed from top museums in the United States and Spain. Highlights of the exhibit include Pablo Picasso, A Glass on a Table, 1913; Joan Miró, Portrait of Heriberto Casany (The Chaffeur), 1918; Antoni Tàpies, Relief with Grays and Siennas, 1961 and Jaume Plensa War? Why?, 2002.