After visiting the entire museum and going over some of his biggest and greatest masterpieces, I was very eager to visit his jewelry collection.
His jewels are a protest against emphasis upon the cost of the materials of jewelry. So his object was to show the jeweler’s art in true perspective-where design and craftsmanship are to be valued above the material worth of the gems, as in Renaissance times.
“In jewels, as in all my art, I create what I love. In some you will note an architectonic sense – as you will in certain of my paintings; again logarithmic law is evident; again the intervention of spirit and matter; of time and space”.- affirmed Dali.
He described his jewels as a serious matter, but he also affirmed that he felt pleased if his jewelry brought a smile. “A smile is a pleasing thing”.
“The jeweled pieces presented in this collection – ornaments, medals, crosses, objets d’art- were not conceived to rest soullessly in steel vaults. They were created to please the eye, uplift the spirit, stir the imagination, express conviction. Without an audience, these jewels would not fulfill the function for which they came into being. The viewer, then, is the ultimate artist. His sight, heart, mind – fusing with and grasping with greater or lesser understanding the intent of the creator- gives them life”
Personally, I loved the Beating heart, the Telephone Ear Clips, the Necklace with Entwined Limbs and the Spider of the Night. But above all, I adore the way he managed to conceive a new way of art and a different perspective in every masterpiece he made…