Come and discover the exhibition of photographs that illustrate the personal and artistic life of Gala—Salvador Dalí’s muse and companion for more than fifty years. For the first time in France, the exhibition retraces the exciting life of Gala —a major figure in modern art—through around thirty large-format photographs. The exhibition complements ‘Dalí: the endless enigma’, an immersive digital exhibition in the Carrières de Lumières.
Gala, who was photographed by major photographers such as Man Ray and Cecil Beaton, surrounded herself with intellectuals and artists throughout her life. She played a role in the major artistic developments in the first half of the twentieth century.
Via photographs of Gala and her entourage (Salvador Dalí, René Char, René Crevel, Paul Eluard, Max Ernst, etc.) and reproductions of paintings by Salvador Dalí and Max Ernst, the exhibition itinerary takes visitors on a journey into Gala’s life.
Some of the photos were taken during her childhood while others shed light on her relationship with Paul Eluard and the Surrealist circles. Lastly, the exhibition shows the Gala Dalí couple, their life in Port Lligat, and their artistic collaboration.
‘Without Gala, I would no longer be Dalí (…) she is my oxygen, because she discovers and brings me all the essences that become converted into the honey of my thought in the busy hive of my brain.’ Salvador Dalí
Her face was immortalised in her husband’s finest works, such as Galarina (1945), Atomic Leda (1949), and The Madonna of Port Lligat (1950). Some of the canvases are actually signed Dalí-Gala or even Galí, a contraction of their names. Gala participated in the works’ creative process and, through her unique personality, also contributed to the couple’s legendary fame, which was created through photography, which played a key role in the representation of the two lovers.
Exhibition curator: Marc-Ernest Fourneau, editor, lecturer, bookseller, and translator.