Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Dalí at MoMA

We finally hit the MoMA on Monday to see the Dalí exhibit, Painting and Film—just a reminder, it's ending September 15!

The exhibit brings together over one hundred pieces of art by Dalí, ranging from exploratory sketches and iconic paintings to six surrealist films to "explore the central role of cinema in his work as both an inspiration and an outlet for experimentation".

I was amazed at the skill applied to creating light & shape on the delicate canvases, which were much smaller than I had ever imagined. His ideas on paper/canvas are impressive in their dreamlike imagery but the exhibit experience was really completed by the films included.

The films delved into the subconscious in poetic, strange, surprising and sometimes disturbing ways—think ants crawling out of a person's hand, decaying donkeys or a razor cutting an eyeball, as were part of Un Chien Andalou—while a dream sequence clip from Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound offers a Dalí experience for the more squeamish.

It definitely got me in the mood to go back and read some Andre Bréton!

If you can, visit, if not, you can get a preview of the exhibit at its online home, www.moma.org/exhibitions/2008/dali.

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