Salvador Dali & NYC

July 18, 2008 § Leave a comment

Living on the west coast of Florida allows one to visit the Dali Museum whenever one pleases. I try to make it to this awesome museum at least twice a year to see the jaw dropping surreal images that span the walls of this St. Petersburg, Florida gallery. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York City has an exhibit entitled, Dalí: Painting and Film.

Dali @ the MoMa in NYC

Dali @ the MoMa in NYC

This is the write up that the website gives;

Bringing together more than 130 paintings, drawings, scenarios, and films by Salvador Dalí (1904–1989), this exhibition explores the role that cinema played in the artist’s work. Both an inspiration and an outlet for experimentation, film was Dalí’s passion, and cinematic vision became a model for his own work. Collaborations between Dalí and legendary filmmakers are displayed alongside his paintings and other works, illuminating the ways in which ideas, iconography, and pictorial strategies are shared and transformed across mediums. Among the provocative works on display are Un Chien andalou, a film made with Luis Buñuel, which features the notorious, almost unwatchable sequence of an eye being slit by a razor; L’Age d’Or, another collaboration with Buñuel and one of the landmarks of Surrealist film; projects undertaken in Hollywood with Alfred Hitchcock and Walt Disney; and such important paintings as The First Days of Spring and Illumined Pleasures. In conjunction with the gallery exhibition, a series of screenings in the MoMA theaters presents the classic and avant-garde motion pictures Dalí treasured, films on which he collaborated, and examples of his legacy in contemporary cinema.

I had seen these videos that are on exhibit in a history class lecture, but this time around really gave a different look into the art of this man’s vision. It was amazing to say the least.

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