Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Dali Museums and Exhibitions

Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Spain
Salvador Dalí’s Home - Museum in Portlligat, Spain
Gala Dali Castle in Púbol, Spain
Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Spain

The Dali Museum in St. Petesburg, Florida

Salvador Dalí Gallery in Pacific Palisades, California

Espace Dalí in Montmartre, Paris, France

Dali Universe in London, Uk- closed in  January 2010, to be re-opened

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The fascinating and intriguing DALI

To write about Salvador Dali is a serious enterprise. So,  I will not pretend that I will do it in the best way or in the most comprehensive way...But still, there are so many interesting aspects linked to his life and work that I will start and struggle.

His life adventure illustrates such interesting years as the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s....What a journey!

He was born in Figueras, a small Catalan town close to the French border in 1904. His beloved mother died in 1921 of breast cancer and as he said her death had a strong impact on him.

He studied in Madrid at the Academia de San Fernando. He had  a very eccentric style, in the 19s century English aesthetes: sideburns, coat, stockings, and knee breeches. Here me made friends with Luis Buñuel (surrealist film maker, do not miss ' Belle de jour' 1963 with Catherine Deneuve) and Federico Garcia Lorca ( poet). He was expelled in 1926 just before his final exams.

His Basket of Bread, shows the skill he had at that time and it took him 4 months. He pained it again after 19 years in 1945 and he said that it was the most esoteric and surrealist thing he had ever painted. 

More to come.....

Friday, 23 September 2011

Rabindranath Tagore, Poet and painter

Lover's Gifts IV: She Is Near to My Heart
 Rabindranath Tagore

She is near to my heart as the meadow-flower to the earth; she is
sweet to me as sleep is to tired limbs. My love for her is my life
flowing in its fullness, like a river in autumn flood, running with
serene abandonment. My songs are one with my love, like the murmur
of a stream, that sings with all its waves and current.

Friday, 16 September 2011

A secret

Out of the blue
Acrylics on canvas

Monday, 12 September 2011

Dada and Tristan Tzara

The beginning of the Surrealism is linked by many to the so called 'literature' period. Here we find Andre Breton, Paul Eluard, Luis Aragon and others.

The Romanians Tristan Tzara and Marcel Janco are together with others from the Zurich group, founders of the Dada group, brought to Paris in the 20'. It was immediately embraced by the 'Literature' group.

Dada activities included public gatherings, demonstrations, and publication of art/literary journals; passionate coverage of art, politics, and culture were topics often discussed in a variety of media. The movement influenced later styles like the avant- garde and music movements, and groups including Surrealism, Nouveau Realisme , pop art, Fluxus and punk rock.