In 1950, to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s birth, the Italian government commissioned Dalì to illustrate a special edition of the Divine Comedy.
100 watercolor woodcuts, 33 watercolors each for Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, were born plus an introduction, an original and unique expression of the imagination of the most famous and visionary representative of Surrealism.
Dalì works by placing at the center of each table a character or a particularly significant event of the song and the representation he makes of it is dreamlike and irreverent: Hell, Purgatory and Paradise emerge suspended between dream and reality, in a single masterpiece.
The journey beyond Dante’s world is therefore interpreted in a metaphysical and psychological key, masterfully mixing the deepest sense of the Comedy with the artistic sense of Salvador Dalì.
The Majid Foundation is honored to exhibit the complete collection of the great master’s illustrations to the Swiss public, while also paying homage to the great poet Dante Alighieri.