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Salvador Dali seemed to have a perverse affection for the classical and stern. He takes a serious-looking clock, a revered Greek statue and then proceeds to twist them, cut hem, melt them.
It was only logical then for Dali to feel a keen interest in the most stern, classical city in the world: Rome. An exhibition at the Complesso del Vittoriano explores the relationship beetwen the Eternal City and the painter and the results are, well… surreal.
Visiting the exhibition you will see on display a Vespa that Dali painted and will learn about his exhilarant antiques in Rome: he gave a press conference in Latin even though he didn’t speak the language, insisted on working on a painting with a rhinocero and visited the biennale of Venice sporting a gun.
No other artist has had such a profound influence in the art as we understand it and, all his irreverence non withstanding, no other artist has shown the same amount of faith and affection for the classical. In a paradoxical way the most blasphemous painter of its time turns out to be the best guide to the most pious city in the world.
The Exhibition Dali, Un Artista, Un Genio will be open at the Complesso Del Vittoriano (Piazza Venezia) until July the 1st, 2012.