Early Dalí: Paintings and Drawings from the Cusí Collection

The Northrop Frye Centre Presents:

Jordi Falgas on Dali_Oct 23 2017

Early Dalí: Paintings and Drawings from the Cusí Collection

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 12:00pm
Professor Jordi Falgàs, Stanford University
VC102, Old Vic, 73 Queen’s Park Crescent East

Joaquim Cusí was a friend of Salvador Dalí’s father and he became an enthusiastic supporter of the young artist. Cusí was a successful pharmacist with no training in art, and yet he was the first one to purchase numerous paintings and drawings from Dalí’s earliest individual shows in Barcelona. The works acquired by Cusí were not seen again on display during his lifetime, and scholars were never allowed to see the full extent of the collection. Jordi Falgàs is the first art historian to study and publish these works, which constitute a significant chapter in Dalí’s early years. In this lecture he will present the results of his research for the first time outside of Spain. 

Jordi Falgàs is an art historian who specializes in Catalan modern art and architecture. He is currently the Lecturer in Catalan Studies at Stanford University. Since 2008, he has been the Director of the Rafael Masó Foundation, a house museum, research and exhibition center in Girona, Catalonia. He holds PhDs in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Barcelona. He was Cleveland Fellow in Modern Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art (2004-2007) and Assistant Executive Manager at the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation (1996-2003). He has been a museology consultant for Gaudí's Casa Vicens in Barcelona (2014-2016) and project coordinator for the future Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Girona (2014-2017). For the last twenty-five years he has worked as a curator on numerous exhibitions in Catalonia and the United States, such as Barcelona and Modernity: Picasso, Gaudí, Miró, Dalí (Cleveland Museum of Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006-2007). His latest books are Masó: interiors (2016) and Dalí: Neo-Cubist Academy and Other Works (in press).