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The Vault: Salvador Dalí

Oct. 2 – Nov. 4, 2018

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Salvador Dalí, The Agony of Love (The Unicorn), from Retrospective Suite I–IV, 1978. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, gift of Betsy and Clark Conant.

This work was selected by Jenny Popovich (class of 2019), who explains: “This piece resonated with me because it defined for me what love is. One minute, it’s full of fairies, rainbows, and unicorns, but then the next minute it’s like a thunderstorm that crushes your heart. I find the unicorn stabbing the heart quite humorous and relatable. We think of unicorns as gentle, kind, and magical, but here, the unicorn’s horn is stabbing and making the heart bleed. When I first saw this print as a digital image, I only noticed the stormy clouds. However, when I saw it in person, I realized the clouds overlap a sun. This to me repre­sents an analogy for love. The work prompts you to question what makes you fall out of love and whether romantic love is the most important love of all.”

The Vault

The Vault, which also houses some of the works from our permanent collection, is dedicated to featuring and displaying works chosen by MSU students who work at the museum. Each month, one of our student gallery guides selects a piece from our collection and writes a short text explaining why they chose it and believe it should be displayed. By providing our gallery guides with an opportunity to participate in the curatorial process of selection and display, we aim to open a dialogue with the student community while simultaneously sharing with the public works from the collection that would otherwise remain in storage.