Dali Museum Building, Daytime

Member Event: Breakfast or ‘Bust’ (postponed)

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October 4 @ 9:00am 10:00am

Due to inclement weather, this event has been postponed one week and will now take place on Tuesday, October 4.

Dalí Museum members are invited to view the Museum’s new acquisition, Retrospective Bust of a Woman (c. 1976-77), before its public debut. Enjoy a light Spanish-inspired continental breakfast by Café Gala in the Avant-garden (weather permitting), then head to the third floor to view the new work on display in the Museum’s Hough Family Wing before the Museum opens to the public. The Museum’s Curatorial team will shed light on this unique item and will be available to answer any questions.

Members are required to RSVP to control capacities.

Date: Tuesday, Sep 27
Time: 9-10am
Location: The Hough Family Wing
Tickets: $10 for Museum members

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Dalí nude female bust sculpture with french bread on head and corn husks around neck

Retrospective Bust of a Woman, c. 1976-77

Retrospective Bust of a Woman is one of Dalí’s first surreal objects, exploring his core themes of death, decay, sexuality and consumption. Obsessed with French painter Jean-François Millet’s work The Angelus, Dalí had just found a kitsch gold-painted Angelus inkwell. He decided to create an assemblage featuring this inkwell as the crown for a hairdresser’s porcelain dummy. Dalí built a type of hat for her consisting of a brimless feather cap, topped by a loaf of French bread, with the inkwell balanced at its apex like a totem pole.

Dalí adorns the bust with two ears of corn and a makeshift choker made of a zoetrope strip. Amplifying the edible nature of the bread and corn, Dalí paints a swarm of ants gathering as if they are eating some crumbs in the upper corner of the face. Ultimately, it would appear that the woman is the object to be consumed.