Ms. Christine Argillet will appear in Houston in support of an exhibition of the extraordinary collection DALI: The Argillet Collection this coming October of 2017. The Argillet Collection is an exceptional, museum quality presentation; the Collection has toured just recently in Singapore and in galleries across the globe, and presented in many US cities; among them Palm Beach, Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Indianapolis and San Diego.
Madame Argillet is both the Curator of this Dali Collection, as well as the daughter of the famed Pierre Argillet, Salvador Dali's publisher and confidante for over fifty years. Her story is unapparelled and as compelling as any I have encountered regarding artistic knowledge and family history about Dadaism....the Surrealists. And the stories behind the artists who shaped these most significant Art Movements. The Argillet Collection is unequivocally the most authenticated collection of Dali's work throughout his career. The Pierre Argillet Collection demonstrates high standards of quality. The works have appeared in the world's most prestigious museums: Musee Boymans, Rotterdam; Musee Pushkin, Moscow; The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida; Kunsthaus Zurich and Staatsgalarie, Stuttgart; Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo; Daimaru Art Museum, Osaka and Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan. The collection's permanent home is at the Museum of Surrealism in Melun, France and the Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain.
Dali’s open-mindedness and innate ability to embrace a plethora of topics and themes can be seen in his etchings and drawings, which address different topics, from religion to eroticism. Pierre Argillet’s daughter, Christine Argillet, spent much of her childhood in the presence of Salvador Dali and experienced his receptivity and broad-mindedness first-hand. Her presence in Off The Wall Gallery will provide invaluable insights into the collaboration between her father and Dali, and works they produced together. Madame Argillet describes this exhibition as "A tribute to the work of my father, Pierre Argillet, as an extraordinary publisher of the Dada and Surrealist group. This collection reflects a constant endeavor and close collaboration with the artists of these two movements, especially Salvador Dali. My goal is to have this collection presented in the finest museums and galleries in the world."
Salvador Dali's publisher, Pierre Argillet (1910-2001) and Dali enjoyed a collaboration and a friendship that spanned five decades; and produced what art historians have termed "the finest bodies of the Master's Art." This collection made available by the Argillet Estate is truly a privilege and an opportunity for the collector to own a prominent piece of Dali's legacy.
Pierre Argillet's body of Dali's etchings, original works and books appear in museums throughout the world. It has enjoyed a home at the Museum of Surrealism in Melun, France (Pierre Argillet's former home "Chateau Vaux-le-Penil" and former museum) as well as in the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. The collection is housed at the prestigious Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Together, Argillet & Dali created remarkable editions of original prints, lived the life of a committed "Surrealist” and developed images that are highly-valued and prized by collectors today.
This exhibition and collection opportunity offer work from Dali's Suites, including Mythologie, Les Hippies, Goethe's Faust, and the incomparable Poemes Secrets d'Apollinaire. Madame Argillet has also graciously included the rare titles, Etchings and Watercolors from 1934 to the late 1960's.