Two powerful traditions of Spanish culture - literary and plastic - are intertwined in the exposition Salvador Dali. The Golden Age which opened at the State Central Museum of Modern History of Russia in Moscow.
The prominent artist of the 20th century and one of the leaders of Surrealism is presented at the exhibition first of all as a book draughtsman - the author of the illustrations to Don Quixote, Carmen, Alice in Wonderland, to the works by Michel Montaigne, Sigmund Freud and other European classics.
The name of the exhibition, just as of its central exhibit--the engraving with a picture of the immortal character of Cervantes--is explained by the fact that Dali himself called the period from the 1930s to the 1980s reflected here the Golden Age.
The Moscow exposition displays the 50 years of his art in nearly 600 sheets of drawings in different techniques (water colours, gouache, drawings by pencil and in Indian ink, and engraved prints). The master's portrait became more voluminous due to the set of rare photographs, autographs of Dali, and samples of works of literature and sculpture.
All the exhibits belong to German collector Richard Meier. His close acquaintance with the famed Spaniard enabled him to lay the foundation of the collection which is still replenished.
Experts consider Meier's collection which has been brought to Russia for the first time to be the fullest collection of Dali's drawings. Though many works have been more than once shown in Europe, such a large-scale and full exhibition as the present one has never been held there.
Boettingerhaus gallery (Germany) gave the museum assistance in organising the exhibition which will last till February.