The surrealist Dalì and Italy: amidst travel and reality

Salvador Dalì

After over half a century, Rome is again proud to host a grand retrospective dedicated to Salvador Dalì, one of the contemporary artists most acclaimed worldwide: Dalì. An artist, a genius will be open to the public at the Complex of the Victorian from March 9 to July 1, 2012.
Dalì epitomizes the quintessence of the all-round artist who experiments with every form of artwork known to man. Though endowed with impressive technical drawing skill, what made him famous were especially the bizarre and awe-inspiring images of his surrealist works.
The exhibition will display all the artistic forms with which the great Spanish artist experimented: oil paintings, sketches, documents, photographs, video footage, penned letters, and other miscellaneous items. The artist is here presented in his visionary paintings which capture his dreams, nightmares, and obsessions, but also the artist's talent through his many inventions and the man with his flamboyant character.
Dalì will always be remembered for his extravagant and unconventional demeanor, which often aroused profound irritation in his detractors and in those who were enthralled with his art, without distinction. As a matter of fact, his odd and exuberant ways at times stole the scene to his very real artistic talent and to the value of his works.
The core theme of the exhibition organized in cooperation with the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalì will be one till now much neglected in previous studies and exhibitions on Dalì: The Spanish artist's relation with Italy, which will form the main thread of the exhibition.
The works on display will grant visitors the chance to retrace his trips to Italy and to re-experience his encounters with other prominent artists of our country, which sparked artistic collaborations that have by now made history, like those with Luchino Visconti and Anna Magnani.
A unique event to get acquainted with a surprising and stupendous past through the genius of the most cherished and yet controversial artists of the last century.

Salvador Dalì - Salvador Dalí © Halsman Archive Dopo il 15 luglio 2012, non è permessa nessuna riproduzione senza il permesso dell’Archivio Philippe Halsman Diritti di Immagine di Salvador Dalí riservati, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2012Salvador Dalì - Salvador Dalì Autoritratto con il collo di Raffaello Self-Portrait with Raphaelesque Neck  1921 ca. Olio su tela 40,5 x 53 cm  Collezione Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres  © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, SIAE, Roma, 2012Salvador Dalì - Salvador Dalì Singolarità Singularities  1935 ca. 40,50 x 50, cm Olio e collage su tavola Collezione Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, SIAE, Roma, 2012Salvador Dalì - Salvador Dalì Autoritratto molle con pancetta fritta Soft Self Portrait with Grilled Bacon  1941 Olio su tela 61 x 51 cm Collezione Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, SIAE, Roma, 2012Salvador Dalì - Salvador Dalì Progetto per “Spellbound” Set Design for "Spellbound" 1945 ca Olio su cartone 88,8 x 113,1 cm  Collezione Fundació Gala Salvador-Dalí, Figueres © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, SIAE, Roma, 2012Salvador Dalì - Salvador Dalì Busto di donna retrospettivo Retrospective bust of a woman 1970 (edizione dell’opera del 1933) Assemblage in bronzo dipinto con penne e oggetti in plastica e latta 74,5 x 67 x 28 cm Collezione Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalì, Figueres © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, SIAE, Roma, 2012Salvador Dalì - Salvador Dalí Impressioni d’Africa Impression of Africa 1938 Olio su tela 91,50 x 117,50 cm Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, SIAE, Roma, 2012Salvador Dalì - Salvador Dalì "Angelus" architettonico di Millet "Angelus" architectonic of Millet 1933 Olio su tela 73 x 60 cm Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid © Archivio fotografico Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, SIAE, Roma, 2012Salvador Dalì - Salvador Dalì Gradiva retrouve les ruines antropomorphes (fantasie rétrospective) - Gradiva ritrova le rovine antropomorfiche (fantasia retrospettiva) Gradiva retrouve les ruines antropomorphes (fantasie rétrospective) - Gradiva rediscovers the Anthropomorphic Ruins (Retrospective Fantasy) 1931-1932 ca. Olio su tela 65 x 54 cm Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid © Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, SIAE, Roma, 2012

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