Dalí, I am surrealism

There are many Surrealists but Dalí was right when he said he was Surrealism, after the surrealist community in Paris expelled him from the group for political reasons.

Provocative, eccentric and self-centered, Salvador Dalí was undoubtedly the maximum exponent of a current that public opinion of the time called moral degeneration.

About to take my vacation, but still with professional commitments, I only had last weekend for a short break so I decided to dedicate it to beach and art - and the Costa Brava is a region that offers the perfect combination, for a side with its spectacular virgin coves and on the other hand with a museum that is of course one of the greatest wealth and legacies in our country: the Dalí Theater Museum.

My fascination with art is not just hobby. Before my fashion career, I studied and finished high school in Art, so I also have a strong artistic background that also leads me to constantly research and study the currents and artistic expressions that exist in this world - and despite being in Barcelona , the Dalí Museum in the city of Figueres was still a subject that had pending…

If you follow me often, if you read my blog and if you know my collections, surely you already know that art is one of the sources of inspiration for my fashion. However, you will surely also know that I do not take this inspiration to simply "do beautiful things", but always look for a background and a reason for each technique or style in its social context. And of course this is not a blog to write about futile things or frivolous fashions.

Now I have to write about the magnificent Surrealism proposed by Dalí, as I see it.

In my opinion you can choose to live in two ways: be as neutral and stable as possible, enjoying the natural course of your life and accept the coincidences that will occur to you; or sculpt your destiny, surely shaking and transforming your environment, without taking anything for granted or acquired.

I do not believe that either form is more legitimate than the other. Surely the majority opt for the first option and probably those people are happier, but it is also true that the historical figures who left their mark (both for good and for bad), surely chose the second option, constantly exceeding their limits. And Dalí clearly was this second case, once taking his limits too far ...

Looking at his works, looking at some of his behaviors, or trying to interpret his life, the easy argument would be to say he was crazy.

Even so, that would be a very reducing and limited argument if we were talking not only about a surrealist artist, but about greatest artist of Surrealism - a current that was born from Dadaism, a cultural movement prior to Surrealism and exclusively dedicated to criticizing and ridiculing conventions (something that would hit a lot today).

Starting from this premise, it is possible to understand the environment and time that Dalí lived: a Spain immersed in a dictatorship and civil war, a Catalonia where bombs fell and a Europe whipped by two world wars. I think the rest of the world at the time was much crazier than Dalí.

But as Dalí himself said: "The only difference between a madman and me is that I am not crazy."

Visiting the museum built by him in Figueres is like glimpsing the sketch of his puzzle completed with all the pieces that represent his works.

A theater (look at the entrance ...) - it was already a theater before, but it is still decorated as such -, with its tomb in the middle of the stage, an audience of mannequins ahead and a giant surrealist painting of his wife Gala behind the grave and the stage. In the middle, the Cadillac they both had during the time they lived in the US, an allegory that links the minerals of their Cap de Creus with modernity, which links the past and the future.

It clearly conveys the feeling that everything was a representation, a mask, a constant and timeless work of art that completes its form in this museum. As if the museum closed the entire cycle drawn by Dalí until his death and now exposed for eternity, as he conceived it himself. Absolutely fantastic and amazing.

But that's Surrealism, right? Everything is a mask, an illusion, a reality surpassed. Even reality itself often ends up being a mask. In fact, the reality of his time, with all the wars and atrocities that were committed, was far more surreal than Surrealism itself.

Dalí was a genius and his work will mark Humanity forever. His museum is probably the best museum I've seen (and I remind you that I studied at the Art School, so I don't say it lightly ...) and understanding his legacy provides perhaps one of the keys to deciding how each one of We choose to live.

My conclusion is this, rescuing the message that Swedish Ingmar Bergman always transmitted with his films (also Dalí's admirer): only Art can make someone immortal.

Lorena Panea

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