Date  The Fullerton Hotel

Date  31 August 2016 - 20 September 2016

The Fullerton Heritage and RedSea Gallery are delighted to present a unique anthology of works by iconic Surrealist artist, Salvador Dali. A selection of Dali’s etchings from the renowned Pierre Argillet Collection will be exhibited at the East Garden Foyer of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. All works from the Pierre Argillet Collection have been authenticated and signed by Dali, and will be available for viewing and acquisition. The Argillet Collection is the result of a collaboration between Dali and Pierre Argillet, his publisher and confidante for over thirty years. 



Born in Figueres, Catalonia, Dali attended the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid. He was drawn simultaneously to Academicism, Impressionism, Futurism and Cubism and after reading Sigmund Freud, his passions turned to dreams and the unconscious.

Between 1926 & 1928, Dali frequently visited Paris where he met numerous influential artists such as Pablo Picasso and Rene Magritte, the latter having introduced him to Surrealism. During this time, he also met Gala Eluard, who became his lifetime companion and muse.

By 1929, he began formulating the “paranoiac-critical method” which would provide the foundations for most of his paintings. 

After a stay in the USA from 1940 to 1948, where his influence was felt in fashion, advertising and ballet sets, he went back to Spain. Preoccupied with science and religion, Dali moved into a new type of painting and returned to the baroque traditions and landscapes of his youth.

Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, Dali moved away from Surrealism and entered his classic period. In 1972, he went on to open the Teatro-Museo in Figueres which houses the broadest range of his works. After the death of his wife in 1982, his health deteriorated dramatically and he never recovered, dying in his hometown in 1989. 



Pierre Argillet was an avid collector of Futurist, Dadaist and Surrealist works and had, from very early on, met the major artists of the 20th century. He counted Marcel Duchamp and Jean Arp among his acquaintances, but it was with Salvador Dali that a long and fruitful collaboration developed. Together as artist and publisher, Dali and Argillet produced nearly 200 etchings over a period that stretched 30 years. In 1974, they parted company, as Argillet did not want to go along with Dali’s desire to make photo-based lithographs. For Argillet, only traditional copper etchings were acceptable. They remained friends until Dali’s death in 1989.