Salvador Dalí's Weird Book About Wine
SALVADOR DALÍ'S WEIRD BOOK ABOUT WINE IS THE BEST THING EVER
5 years after the release of his stunning surrealist cookbook 'After Les Diners de Gala' (1973), Salvador Dalí delved once again into the world of fine dinning and culinary oddities by unveiling a new book titled 'The Wines of Gala'.
It sets out to organise wines "according to the sensations they create in our very depths." Through eclectic metrics like production method, weight, and colour, the book presents wines of the world in such innovative, Dalíesque groupings as “Wines of Frivolity,” “Wines of the Impossible,” and “Wines of Light.”
Spanning 296 pages, it showcases Salvador Dalí's unmistakable passion for wine, it's history and the unique stories attached to each bottle. The book bursting with rich imagery as you'd expect. It's a heady blend of text, photos, paintings, sketches and illustrations that feature more than 140 artworks by Dalí.
Many of these are appropriated artworks, including various classical nudes, all of them reconstructed with suitably Surrealist, provocative touches, like Jean-François Millet’s The Angelus, one of Dalí’s favourite points of reference over the decades.
Dalí also included what is now considered one of the greatest works from his late “Nuclear Mystic” phase, The Sacrament of the Last Supper (1955), which sets the iconic biblical scene in a translucent dodecahedron-shaped space before a Catalonian coastal landscape. Dalí was by this stage a devout Catholic, simultaneously captivated by science, optical illusion, and the atomic age.
The first section is dedicated to “Ten Divine Dalí Wines,” an overview of 10 important wine-growing regions, while the second develops Dalí’s revolutionary ordering of wine by emotional experience, instead of by geography or variety.
Rather than any prescriptive classification, it’s a flamboyant, free-flowing manifesto in favour of taste and feeling, as much a multi-sensory treat as a full-bodied document of Dalí’s late-stage oeuvre, in which the artist both reflected on formative influences and refined his own cultural legacy.
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