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Port Lligat Collection – Birth of Dali’s Sculpture Collection 2018-01-30T15:30:03+00:00

Birth of the Collection

PortLligat Collection Salvador Dali Sculptures Historical facts

The PortLligat Collection of Salvador Dali Sculptures (previously known as Clot Collection) is formed by 44 original sculptoric works created by Salvador Dali at his home in Port Lligat between 1969 and 1979.  Each of the 44 pieces was modelled in white wax by Dali’s own hands.  As such, this legacy is a true example of authentic Dalinian sculptural creation.

They hence represent the most rigorous sample of the Artist’s sculpture creation, against other three dimensional pieces that exist in the market in which Dali never intervened and which are mere interpretations realised by third parties inspired by Dali drawings or paintings.

They are the first and only three dimensional pieces created totally by the Artist’s hand, who had until then experimented with object transformation. Dali worked in a very relaxed atmosphere – sometimes even around the pool in the Summer – caressing and working the wax till the perfect form was achieved.

PortLligat Collection Salvador Dali Sculptures Historical facts

The 44 pieces were initially acquired by a gallerist of name Isidro Clot.  Dali’s intention was to have each piece cast in multiple series, first in gold and silver, and then in bronze and in monumental size.   He wanted the whole world to have access to his work.  Dali designed some drafts for the certificates that were to accompany each exemplaire.  He also did some drawings of the waxes created.  First piece was “Gala Gradiva” – dedicated to his ever inspiring Muse, his wife Gala Diakonovna.  The last work was “Condottiero – Head of a Warrior” a double image inspired by the Italian Renaissance that Dali so much admired.

PortLligat Collection Salvador Dali Sculptures Historical facts

Dali modelled a total of 44 pieces which were included in the total series of contracts between him and Isidro Clot.   Existing documentation is vast.  Clot started their commercialisation and began to seek partners to finance his adventure.  Eventually, the Collection as a whole was object of a chain of several and partial transfers to third parties.  This brought several agents within the market together, each seeking their own kind of validation.  Sometimes, these overlaped, giving rise to confusion.  Over the years, this group of 44 sculptures became known as “Clot Collection” and the term was used by all the different agents overlaping in the markets.  Now that the Dali Foundation has finally regulated the situation through the editor 2049 Obra Contemporanea, for further transparency and rigor a change of name has been decided.  All editions accredited by the Dali Foundation are from now on named “Port Lligat Collection” in reference to the place of birth of each of the Works,

The themes present in the Port Lligat Collection are varied and on the whole reflect Dali’s universe in this period.  We can identify three distinctive themes:   Surrealism – with references to Duchamp, Freud, Hitchcok, Jensen and including double and triple images in one form; the Classics – paying tribute to Cellini, the Renaissance and seeking the beauty to the eye; Religion – very present on the last third of his life it includes the most beautiful Christ and Madonnas.

PortLligat Collection Salvador Dali Sculptures Historical facts

The PortLligat Collection is present in over twenty museum collections internationally.  “The Salvador Dali Museum” of St. Petersburg, Florida, owns a full collection of the 44 Works at the original size modelled by Dali.   Likewise, the “Dali Theater-Museum” in Figueras (Spain) owns a number of of the first casts in golds.   Other museums with Port Lligat Collection editions in their collections include the Soumaya Museum in Mexico or the National Museum of China in Beijing.

The collection has been published in A. Reynolds Morse, Dali Sculptures Esculturas, Madrid, Hispagraphics, 1985 [ISBN 84-398-5775-6]; in DALI Sculptures & Objects – Le dur et le mou by Robert and Nicolas Descharnes, París, ECCART, 2004 [ISBN 2-9521023-0-9] and in Dalí, Dalí! by Francoise Lechien, Ediciones DELTA, 2004 [ISBN 2-8029-0163-X].

Complete Collection includes the following Original Works* (you may click on the titles for precise information on each):

1.       Cristo de San Juan de la Cruz   (Christ of Saint John of the Cross)

Created c. 1973/74 at an original size of 31 cm.

2.      Madonna de Port Lligat   (Madonna of Port Lligat)

Created in 1974 at an original size of 15 cm.

3.      San Narciso de las Moscas   (Saint Narcissus of the Flies)

Created in 1974 at an original size of 28 cm.

4.      Mujer desnuda subiendo la escalera (aka “Homenaje a Marcel Duchamp)

(Nude ascending the staircase – aka “Hommage to Marcel Duchamp”)

Created in 1974 at an original size of 26 cm.

5.      Hombre sobre Delfín, Poseidón   (Man on dolphin, Poseidón)

Created c. 1973/76 at an original size of 10 cm.

6.      Elefante Cósmico   (Cosmic Elephan)

Created in 1974 at an original size of 15.5 cm.

7.      Icaro    (Icarus)

Created c. 1973/1976 at an original size of 9 cm.

8.     Ama de Llaves   (The Key)

Created c. 1973/76 at an original size of 12,5 cm.

9.      Dulcinea

Created c. 1973/76 at an original size of 12 cm.

10.  Alma del Quijote   (Soul of Don Quixote)

Created in 1975 at an original size of 57 cm.

11.   San Carlos Borromeo   (Saint Charles Borromeo)

Created in 1973 at an original size of 8.5 cm

12.  Trajano a caballo   (Trajan on horseback)

Created in 1974 at an original size of 21.5 cm.

13.  San Sebastián   (Saint Sebastian)

Created in 1973/76 at an original size of 20 cm.

14.  Cabeza de caballo riendo (aka “Cabeza de caballo relinchando”)

(Head of a horse laughing)

Created in 1974 at an original size of 12.5 cm.

15.   La Crótalos (aka “Carmen la Crótalos”)

Created in 1974 at an original size of 20 cm.

16.  Santa Teresa   (Saint Teresa)

Created in 1975 at an original size of 23.5 cm.

17.   Tritón Alado   (Winged Triton)

Created in 1975 at an original size of 33 cm.

18.  La Grandeza del Islam    (Greatness of Islam)

Created in 1975 at an original size of 19 cm.

19.  Dios solar emergiendo de Okinawa   (Sun God rising from Okinawa)

Created in 1975 at an original size of aprox 50 cm.

20. Broche de Okinawa  (Okinawa Brooch)

Created c. 1973/76 at an original size of 7 cm.

21.  Mercurio   (Mercury)

Created in 1975 at an original size of 26 cm.

22. San Juan Bautista   (Saint John the Baptist)

Created in 1973 at an original size of 36.5 cm.

23. Gala asomada a la ventana (aka “Gala a la ventana”)

(Gala leaning on the window aka “Gala in the window”)

Created c. 1973/76 at an original size of 23.5 cm.

24. Quijote Sentado (Don Quixote Seated)

Created c. 1973/76 at an original size of 26.5 cm.

25.  Virgen de Port lligat   (Virgin of Port Lligat)

Created c. 1973/76 at an original size of 12 cm.

26. Perseo, Homenaje a Benvenuto Cellini

(Perseus, Hommage to Benvenuto Cellini)

Created in 1975 at an original size of 28.5 cm.

27.  Caballo con jinete tropezando (aka “Caballo tropezando”)

(Horse and rider stumbling)

Created c. 1973/76 at an original size of 20.5 cm.

28. San Jorge  (Saint George)

Created c. 1973/79 at an original size of 28 cm.

29. Angel de la Victoria   (Angel of Victory)

Created c. 1973/79 at an original size of 12 cm.

30. Divinidad monstruosa (aka “Torso Pie”)

(Monstrous divinity aka “Bust Foot”)

Created c. 1973/79 at an original size of 28 cm.

31.  Gala (aka “Gala Gradiva”)

Created in 1972 at an original size of 36 cm.

32. Trajano el Joven (aka “Trajano Joven”)    (Young Trajan)

Created in 1973 at an original size of 10 cm.

33. Apolón Musajeta   (Apollo Musagete)

Created c. 1973/79 at an original size of 11 cm.

34. Tripas y Cabeza   (Guts and Head)

Created c. 1973/79 at an original size of 34 cm.

35.  Mujer y hombre muerto (aka “Pieta”)    (Woman and dead man)

Created c. 1973/79 at an original size of 7 cm.

36. Mujer tendida en toalla (Woman lying on a towel)

Created c. 1973/79 at an original size of 17.5 cm.

37.  Dragón/Cisne/Elefante   (Dragon/Swan/Elephant)

Created c. 1973/79 at an original size of 11.5 cm.

38. Hombre muerto sobre mujer   (Dead man on woman)

Created c. 1973/79 at an original size of 16 cm.

39. Mujer tendida con dos figuras (aka “Mujer tendida con dos faunos”)

Woman lying with two figures (aka “Woman lying with two fauns”)

Created c. 1973/79 at an original size of 23.5 cm.

40. Mujer entre velos   (Woman in veils)

Created c. 1973/79 at an original size of 18 cm.

41.  Mujer con faldas (aka “Terpsícore Musa de la Danza”)

(Woman in skirts aka “Terpsichore Muse of Dance”)

Created c. 1973/79 at an original size of 30 cm.

42. Hombre-Cabeza-Cuernos (aka “Fauno”)

(Man-Head-Horns aka “Faun”)

Created c. 1973/79 at an original size of 19 cm.

43. Guerrero Renacentista (aka “Condottiero, Cabeza de Guerrero”)

(Head of a Warrior aka “Condottiero Head of a Warrior”)

Created c. 1973/79 at an original size of 21 cm.

44. Cara Láminas   (Steel Mask)

Created c. 1973/76 at an original size of 13.5 cm.

*All titles and dated as revised by Fundación Gala Salvador Dalí of Figueras after exhaustive study of complete documentation.

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Dali’s hands modelling the “Nude” for “Nude ascending a staircase”.  Port Lligat, 1974.

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Dali in his study with original wax of “Gala Gradiva”.  Port Lligat, 1972.

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Dali in his study with original wax of “Perseus Hommage to Cellini”.  Port Lligat, 1975.

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“Gala on the window”  original wax.

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Dali modelling “Sun God rising from Okinawa”, Port Lligat 1975.

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“Head of a horse laughing”.  Certification designed by Dali for the first edition in gold in 1974.

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“Mercury” drawing by Dali from original wax, 1975.