Restoration of Dalí’s work ‘Rocibaquinante’ with new digital techniques


The work in the ‘Rocibaquinante’ Abelló Collection, by Salvador Dalí, has been restored using a new technique at the Generalitat’s Furniture Restoration Center. The aim of the restoration has been to intervene the work as little as possible, based on the consolidation of the elevations and the registration and exhaustive documentation of the state of the cracks in the piece. This will allow, in the future, an objective follow-up of the action of the passage of time on the work. This has been made possible by new high-resolution photography and 3D scanning techniques.

The restoration of the piece has been the subject of one of the presentations of the XVI Technical Meeting of Restoration and Conservation, a virtual congress organized by CRAC (Conservators and Associated Restorers of Catalonia) on methods and new technologies, which has been developed between on 3 and 12 November.

The work ‘Rocibaquinante’ is part of the permanent exhibition of the Abelló Museum. Around 1971, Dalí gave Joan Abelló this work in which Rocibaquinante is represented, which is curiously the union of two well-known horses: the Rocinante del Quijote and the Babieca del Cid Campeador. In this way, Dalí symbolizes Abelló’s tenacity to create his museum, so longed for for many years.

Video of the presentation on the restoration of the work

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