The Christ of Portlligat

by Alain Chivilò


It was the year 1952 when “El Cristo De Portlligat” exhibited in Spain between the cities of Madrid and Barcelona. 71 years after the painting will come back in Iberian land from its headquarters in Glasgow, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

From 1 November 2023 to 30 April 2024 at the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres. For the show, the entire Loggias area at Galatea Tower (Dalí’s last house) will host this iconic artwork and the creative process behind this artistic creation.

As Salvador Dalí statement, 1951, “it is because I went through cubism and surrealism without forsaking classicism that my Christ does not resemble other Christs – at the same time I believe that it is the least expressionist of all those that have been painted in modern times but the newest – it is a beautiful Christ like the God he is”.

About the painting as presented: Dalí painted the Christ in 1951 as the closing of a period of transformation and culmination of his desire to become a classic and “saviour” of modern painting. He returns to the postulates of quantum mechanics and introduces religious figures into his oeuvre because of the evolution of his thought. The Christ is the painting that links two creative periods, serving as a transition and helping us understand the vital moment the artist was experiencing at the time.

Salvador Dalí Christ of Saint John of the Cross, 1951, Oil on canvas cm 204.8 x 115.9 – Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums and Collection.

Dalì. The Christ of Portlligat – Dalì Theatre-Museum, Figueres – 1st November 2023 – 30th April 2024


©AC, NDSL, AM, Alain Chivilo

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