The Twelve Tribes of Israel - Salvador Dali

Date: October 19, 2012
Time: All Day
Location: Grand Rapids Art Museum

Grand Rapids Art Museum Presents: The Twelve Tribes of Israel by Salvador Dali

October 19, 2012 - January 13, 2012

The Twelve Tribes of Israel portfolio is Dali's most popular and sought after set of prints. Their delicacy of drawing and poetic imagery reflect the best aspects of Dali's artistic talent. Created during 1972, the prints were published in 1973, the 25th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, and depict the Hebrew tribes that were founded by the twelve sons of Jacob as the tribal father of the people.

Salvador Dali celebrates the 25th anniversary of Israel, by an artistic reflection on the theme of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The evolution of the Tribes through their descendents into the Thurd Jewish Commonwealth, after 2,000 years of exile is one of history's surrealistic developments. Salvador Dali is therefore the artist best fitted to depict the first Israelites. His portrayal of the theme in this album is representational art at its best. It is carried out with the same technique and same combination of skills as that which finds expression in his poems, film scenarios, and designs for the stage, for fashion, for furnishings, and for jewelry. What amtters particularly to us in Israel is that Dali transcribes with unique artistic dexterity, our ancient thoughts and dreams, and gives meaning to our tribal memory. even is the portrayal is ambiguous or ambivalent as so much of Dali's work must be, it is nevertheless of vivid impact upon us who labor and live in Israel today. Out of his fervid and diverse imagination, Dali, in this album, helps to immortalize the dawn of Israel's civilization and to enlarge the mystique of its survival and progress.

Dedication written by Abba Eban (Minister for Foreign Affairs of Israel) Jerusalem, Nov. 1972