Salvador Dali

Dali in Rome: Melting the Eternal City


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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.

Salvador Dali: Surrealist Genius in Rome

Salvator-DalìAn eccentric character to say the least, Salvador Dali was a Spanish Catalan surrealist painter. Born in Figueres, Spain, Dali was a particularly skilled draftsman and the use of this in his work is quite astounding.
A self confessed genius, Dali managed to grab attention not only for his masterful works but also gain much, if not more, for his extremely eccentric behaviour. He was known to have driven a car filled to the roof with cauliflowers, lectured with his head enclosed in a diving helmet and had a complesso-del-vittorianobewildering but amusing affinity for rhinoceros horns, to which he claimed that rhinoceros horns and cauliflowers were the base of his inspiration.
Dali had a rather large repertoire including film, sculpture and photography collaborating with a range of artists in a variety of media. His skills in painting are often attributed to the influence of renaissance masters.
Now in Rome you have the chance to acquire some insight of your own into the painter. The exhibition, held in the Complesso Del Vittoriano from the 10th of March to the 30th of June, investigates the artists complex personality and his multifaceted genius. An aspect of the painters life that has been so far ignored by exhibitions and research into Dali will be brought to light, this aspect is his relationship with Italy.

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