Les Cannibalismes de L’automne – Oeufs Fruits de Mer (Autumn cannibalism – Eggs and Seafood), 1971, by Salvador Dali. Collection of the Castellani Art Museum.

The Twelve Lithograph Suite

August 27 – December 4, 2016

Public Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, 6 – 8 pm

Green Room

The book Les Diners de Gala (Gala’s Dinners) was published in 1973 and instantly became a Salvador Dalí collectible. In conjunction with the release of the book, Dalí also produced a twelve lithograph suite (printed in 1971). This portfolio is a Surrealist twist on some of Dalí’s favorite meals.

Dalí was not only a brilliant artist, but also had a self-proclaimed refined taste for food and wine. His introduction to the book states that since he was a little boy he wanted to be a master chef. He would eat and interact with various foods that he believed kept him in good health. He was famously rumored to have bathed in sardine oil and to have taken afternoon naps with live lobsters in his bed. At the age of 68, as a well-established artist, he created this book about his life-long gastronomic adventures.

The cookbook was published as a collaboration between Dalí, his wife Gala, and a secret chef. The “secret chef” turned out to be chefs from the top French restaurants of the day. Their goal was to produce magnificent meals fit for a royal feast!

If you are a disciple of one of those calorie-counters who turn the joys of eating into a form of punishment, close this book at once; it is too lively, too aggressive, and far too impertinent for you. –Salvador Dali

This exhibition is organized and traveled by the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University, and is curated by Michael J. Beam, Curator of Exhibitions at the Castellani Art Museum.


DalÍ, Surrealism and the Fetishization of Food
FREE Lecture with Dr. Elliott King
Friday, October 14, 6 pm
Seating is limited. Please call the Museum front desk for reservations: (970) 962-2410

Dr. Elliott H. King is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Washington and Lee University. His research focuses on Surrealist art and thought with an emphasis on the post-war art and writing of Salvador Dalí. A Colorado native educated at the University of Essex (Colchester, England) and the Courtauld Institute of Art (London, England), Dr. King has lectured and published widely in addition to serving on the curatorial committees for many of the most important Dalí exhibitions of the past decade.

Join us for a post-lecture Museum social after the event.