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Dali exhibit to open in Anderson Gallery

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Original artwork by Salvador Dali will be on exhibit in the UB Anderson Gallery.

Published: June 22, 2009

“Salvador Dali,” an exhibition of works by the Spanish surrealist that coincides with the 20th anniversary of his death, will be presented June 27 through Aug. 9 by the UB Anderson Gallery.

It will feature 15 original drawings, two lithographs, a poster and a silver sculpture from the Edmund Klein Collection; two paintings from the UB Collection; and a sculpture and several drypoint etchings from the collection of Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum.

The exhibition will take place in the second floor gallery of the Anderson, 1 Martha Jackson Place, off Englewood Avenue between Main Street and Kenmore Avenue. It will be free of charge and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturdays, and from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. Further information and directions can be obtained from the gallery at 829-3754.

The 15 sketches and the silver sculpture in the Klein Collection belong to the family of the late Edmund Klein, a world-renowned skin cancer researcher who was a research professor in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and chief of dermatology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

For nearly a decade, beginning in 1972—the year he won the coveted Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research for his outstanding contributions to the treatment of skin cancer—Klein treated Dali for skin cancer in New York City, France and on Spain’s Costa Brava.

Paul Chimera, a spokesperson for the Klein family and a Dali aficionado, says that over the years, the doctor and the artist became close friends and that Dali paid Klein unconventionally for his medical treatment by executing, personalizing and dedicating to Klein the original drawings that will be shown in the UB exhibition.

“The drawings were sequestered for more than 30 years in a bank vault in downtown Buffalo,” says Chimera, “and have never before been exhibited.”

He says the drawings were executed on the frontispieces or other blank pages of certain Dali books, on sketchpads, a photography catalogue and the back of a technical paper written by Klein.

Another piece is included as well: a poster of a Dali watercolor featuring the U.S. Capitol building topped by the Winged Victory of Samothrace, dedicated to Klein from Mary Lasker.

A catalog of the Klein Collection will be available at the exhibition.

Sandra Olsen, director of the UB Art Galleries, says the exhibition also will feature two Dali paintings from the UB Collection: “Portrait of Katharine Cornell” (oil and mixed media) and “Labyrinth” (oil on panel), as well as several works of art on loan from the Castellani museum.

The Niagara University holdings include a suite of five drypoint etchings with stencil, including “King David,” “King Solomon,” “Noah’s Ark” and “Joseph” from the 1975 Dali portfolio “Our Historical Heritage;” The Curse Overthrown, a 1974 drypoint etching with stencil from the series “After 50 Years of Surrealism;” and “Crucifixion” (not dated), a marble sculpture with gold details and inlaid gemstones.