The two most iconic Spanish Surrealist artists, Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)
and Joan Miró (1893-1983), infused the Surrealist movement with a simultaneous rejection of simple narrative art and the visual articulation of avant-garde concepts. Both achieved worldwide fame while continually maintaining a Catalonian, Spanish identity.

Although Dalí, the consummate showman, and the shy Miró differed in their approaches to Surrealism, both emerged from the turbulent political decades leading up the Spanish Civil War, and the equally changing art world in Europe. Both formulated and articulated their ideas on art, Surrealism and culture in countless artworks and imagery. Dalí, in an article from 1928 in the Catalan literary journal, L’Amic deles Arts, wrote of his compatriot, “Joan Miró brings the line, the point, the slight stretching out of shape, the figurative meaning, the colors, back to their purest elemental magical possibilities.” The relationship of art, thought and the written word continued to be expressed by both throughout their careers, as shown in many of the artworks presented today. Both artists appreciated and infused text into their creations, meant to illustrate poems, mythology, history and the spoken word.

Galerie Michael is pleased to present the current exhibition, Homage to Two Surrealist Spanish Masters a remarkable collection of rare paintings, unique proofs and exceptional works on paper by Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí. This exhibition showcases the extraordinary talents of these 20th century artists, as we have acquired some of the finest and rarest examples from their oeuvres, enthusiastically combining ink, crayon, gouache, lithograph and engraving to produce one-of-a-kind works of art. This is a special opportunity for one to acquire museum-quality original works of art in their own collections. We hope that you will join us to explore the mystery, ambiguity and genius of the Catalan masters, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí.