The following description was submitted by the event organizer.
In 1968 Salvador Dali was commissioned by Samuel Shore, the head of Shorewood Publishers, to create a series of artworks on the theme of the renewal of the Jewish people. “Aliyah, the Rebirth of Israel” comprises 25 mixed media paintings, including gouache, watercolors, and Indian ink on paper. They were reproduced as photolithographs and published in a limited edition in a folder with a letter of introduction by David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister.
The work illustrates the epic history of the return of the Jewish people to their homeland — expressed in drawings, sketches, and watercolor paintings by the surrealist master. As inspiration, Dali looked to the Bible and contemporary history to illustrate the meaning of the Hebrew word “aliyah” which translates as “migration to the land of Israel.” And But A Dream explores, among other topics, the place of dream in Jewish life and the dynamic of the encounter between dream and reality in the pursuit of sovereignty and freedom – weighty issues that continue to absorb us today. The exhibition will accompany materials from the museum collection that depict Israel’s history.
And But A Dream is presented in observance of Israel’s 75th birthday and has been funded by a grant from the Perlman Foundation.