From the construction of a myth to immortality. For the first time in Italy an exhibition that takes visitors through the secret life of Salvador Dali, one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century
Salvador Dali's lesser-known life is on display. The Catalan artist ventured into all fields of creation; together with his works, he undertook to create his own character, to influence mass society.
From his first self-portraits, paintings and drawings from the 1920s and 1940s, Dalì's desire to present himself to the world with his genius is clear. It will be possible to admire the Self-Portrait with the Raphael neck (1921) and several drawings from his autobiography 'Vita Segreta', from 1942. Dalí is the genius, the character, the artist who transforms himself into one of his most famous creations, becoming a reference for artists such as Andy Warhol.
Also on display are the films, performances and frequent media appearances: from magazine covers to x participations as a guest in the American television competition 'What's My Line?' Broadcast in 1957 by CBS.
Dalí was also very attentive to the novelties of the scientific world, so much that he dealt with the search for the third dimension, anticipating what would have been 3D: his stereoscopic works of the '60s and ‘70s are on display, allowing visitors to see the painting in three dimensions.
And then the photographs: extraordinary those by Philippe Halsman whose subjects is his famous and unmistakable mustache. Many photos also take him back in his everyday life: every photograph, every event, was experienced by Dalì as a performance. The artist's invention as a star is due to himself, and he commits himself so that his appearance and behavior are considered surrealist, like his art.
A great journey in the mind of one of the most brilliant interpreters of the twentieth century of which the exhibition will show the talent and uniqueness.
The exhibition was created in collaboration with the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí and is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, under the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Italy and the Cervantes Institute.
Until 10 June
Pan. Palace of the Arts Naples. Via dei Mille, 60, Naples. T: 081 7958605 www.palazzoartinapoli.net