Joaquim Cusí was a friend of Salvador Dalí’s father and he became an enthusiastic supporter of the young artist. Mr. 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. These works were not seen again on display during his lifetime, and scholars were never allowed to see the full extent of the collection. Jordi Falgàs has been 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 in the US, which also constitute the basis of his forthcoming book.
Dr. Jordi Falgàs is the Director of the Fundació Rafael Masó, a house museum, research and exhibition centre in Girona (Catalonia) since 2008. 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 Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí (1996-2003). He has been 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). As a curator, he has worked 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). He has published extensively and edited several books on Catalan modern art and architecture. His latest books are Masó: interiors (2016) and Dalí: Acadèmia neocubista i altres obres (forthcoming from Abadia de Montserrat).