Duchamp Coming to The Dalí, February 2018

August 31, 2016

Explore the Friendship between the Father of Conceptual Art and the Master of Surrealism
Marcel Duchamp Coming to St. Petersburg, Florida’s Dalí Museum February 2018

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA (September 1, 2016) – In February of 2018, The Dalí will present a special exhibition inviting visitors to examine the relationship between the father of conceptual art, Marcel Duchamp, and the father of Surrealism, Salvador Dalí. This is the first exhibit dedicated to the friendship between Duchamp and Dalí and its influence on the work of both artists. Dali/Duchamp will explore the common ground, both personal and aesthetic, shared by these two modern icons.

On the surface, these two great 20th-century artists could hardly be more dissimilar, but Dalí and Duchamp maintained a lasting bond of friendship and mutual admiration throughout their careers. What fueled this seemingly unlikely friendship was deeper than their shared artistic interests – among them eroticism, language, optics and games. More fundamentally, the two men were united by a combination of humor and skepticism, which led both, in different ways, to challenge conventional views of art and life.

This original exhibition brings together around 60 works, including some of Dalí is most inspired and technically accomplished paintings and sculptures, and Duchamp’s ground breaking assemblages and ready-mades. But it will also showcase the less familiar: photographs by Dali, paintings by Duchamp, correspondence and collaborations between the two artists. Presented as a conversation taking place through art, this focused exploration offers fresh ways of looking at two figures, radically revising their familiar places in art history. Through the lens of their intriguing friendship, visitors will gain a new perspective on two equally inventive, intelligent and irreverent minds.

Exhibition organized by The Dalí Museum, St Petersburg, FL and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in collaboration with the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and the Association Marcel Duchamp. Exhibition curated by Dawn Ades and William Jeffett, with Sarah Lea.   

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Photo by Robert Descharnes and Paul Averty. ©Descharnes & Descharnes sarl 2016. Duchamp and Dalí playing chess during filming for A Soft Self-Portrait, 1966 (photograph, 21×31 cm). Archivo Fotografico Pere Vehi, Cadaqués
About The Dalí Museum
The Dalí Museum, located in the heart of beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, is home to an unparalleled collection of Salvador Dalí art, featuring more than 2,000 works comprising nearly 100 oil paintings; over 100 watercolors and drawings; and 1,300 prints, photographs, sculptures and objets d’art. The building is itself a work of art, featuring 1,062 triangular-shaped glass panels—the only structure of its kind in North America. Nicknamed The Enigma, it provides an unprecedented view of St. Petersburg’s picturesque waterfront. The Museum has attracted the world’s attention, and among the other distinguished awards it has received, it was listed by AOL Travel News as “one of the top buildings to see in your lifetime.” The Dalí Museum is located at One Dalí Boulevard, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701. For additional information contact 727.823.3767 or visit TheDali.org.

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