PRESS RELEASE - JOANN SFAR - SALVADOR DALI, ONE SECOND BEFORE AWAKENING
In 1939, Dalí published the "Declaration of Independence of the Imagination and the Rights of Man to His Own Madness" in response to censorship. Consequently, he used his freedom of expression, combining ideas with spontaneous images, to instill his artworks with a unique imaginative power.
Espace Dalí has given free rein to Joann Sfar, one of today's most talented storytellers, famous for his comic book, "The Rabbi's Cat" and his film, "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life", to imagine the scenario for an artistic encounter with the one whom Brassaï called, "the bold and lucid explorer of the irrational." Joann Sfar, who studied at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, proposes a sketched path from within what he imagines as Dalí's brain. He encourages the viewer to get lost, wandering among the monstrous figures. The most important thing for Sfar is that the exhibition be as captivating as a fairy tale. The exhibition is an invitation to take a "motionless journey" of a painter and his models, through dreams and reality as Joann Sfar's sketched story unfolds. Discover more than 200 original drawings, sketches, drafts in an enchanted setting surrounded by surrealist sculptures and objects by Dalí and the Haute Couture designs by Schiaparelli that inspired the artist.
JOANN SFAR, SALVADOR DALÍ, ONE SECOND BEFORE AWAKENING
FROM SEPT, 9TH 2016 TO MARCH, 31ST 2017 AT ESPACE DALI PARIS
At the same time as the exhibition, Rue de Sèvres will publish Joann Sfar's comic book tribute to Dalí, Fin de la parenthèse, from which the original sketches will be presented in the exhibition. The book will be on presale at the Espace Dalí from September 9.