Salvador Dalí: The Argillet Collection
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 unparalleled, and as compelling as any I have encountered in terms of artistic knowledge and family history with regard to Dadaism and the Surrealists. Christine Argillet is…truly….the last living link to the stories, the people, places and historical significance behind the artists who shaped these most important 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 and the works have appeared in the world’s most prestigious museums. 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 also 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 at Russell Collection Fine Art is truly a gift both to the Collector and to the novice: her in-gallery discussions are a do not miss…and 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 a 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”.