September 09, 2018 to January 13, 2019
12:00 AM


Meadows Museum at SMU View map
5900 Bishop Blvd,


Through JANUARY 13
10am–5pm Tue–Sat; open until 9pm Thu; 1–5pm Sun

Meadows Museum presents Dalí’s Aliyah—A Moment in Jewish History, a rare, complete set of 25 large-scale lithographic prints from Dalí’s later career that addresses Jewish history and diaspora. On view for the first time since its acquisition by the museum in 2017, the lithographic prints offer a contrasting complement to Dalí—Poetics of the Small, 1929–1936.

The set was generously given to the Meadows Museum by Linda P. and William A. Custard in celebration of Meadows Museum advisory council member Janet Pollman Kafka and her twentieth year as Honorary Consul of Spain in Dallas.

In 1966, Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) was commissioned for a series of twenty-five paintings depicting the renewal of the Jewish people for a project commemorating the upcoming twentieth anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. Dalí took inspiration from both the Hebrew Bible as well as contemporary history to address a variety of subject matter related to Jewish history and diaspora, spanning the course of over 2,000 years.

He completed his mixed media paintings in gouache, watercolor, and Indian ink on paper, and the paintings were then reproduced as lithographs and published in a limited edition of 250 sets of twenty-five lithographs each. Titled Aliyah, a Hebrew word that literally means “migration to the land of Israel,” the prints were offered for sale and dispersed following their exhibition in 1968; there are only a handful of complete sets known today.

$12 adults; $8 seniors; free for children 11 and younger. Free each Thursday from 5–9pm.

This venue is wheelchair accessible. Contact the education department at or 214/768-3980 to learn about the variety of accommodations the museum can make for visitors with special needs.

Pictured: Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904–1989), Aliyah, plate 1, from Aliyah, 1968. Lithograph on Arches paper. Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Museum purchase thanks to a gift from Linda P. and William A. Custard and The Meadows Foundation in tribute to the Honorable Janet Pollman Kafka, Honorary Consul of Spain, for her twenty years of service, MM.2017.02.20. © 2018 Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society. Photo by Kevin Todora