Happy Birthday, Salvador Dalí!

I can't make the celebration at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, but Salvador Dalí would be 106 today.

In his honor, I thought I'd scan in a couple of images which don't seem to be on the Internet anywhere.

This one is from 1974 and is titled "Transformation." Unfortunately, the entire image is a bit too large for the scanner screen, but this is pretty close.


From the caption:

The "coherent" argument against what appears as "logical reality" is surrealism, a reality just as logical to the point where just for this it was declared "in the service of the revolution." The consequence of this was that many mistakenly embraced communism with the deep disagreements and delusions that characterized the whole group. The liberty of surrealism was the antithesis of an imposition of socialist realism and anathemas from all sides condemned the "transformations" of so many of them.
Dalí was anti-communist, of course, which got him officially kicked out of the Surrealist movement. Quite an achievement for one of the greatest surrealists of all time, and Dalí thought it proved he was more of a surrealist than his antagonists.

The second scan relates to a painting lavishly titled "Galacidalacidesoxiribunucleicacid (Homage to Crick and Watson) (1963)." It is of the cover of 1963 brochure prepared by M. Knoedler & Co. for the exhibition of the painting:


Inside, the brochure contains Dalí's explanation:

At a time when the titles of pictures are rather short (i.e. "Picture No. 1" or "White on White"), I call my Hommage to Crick and Watson: GALACIDALACIDESOXIRIBUNUCLEICACID. It is my longest title in one word. But the theme is even longer: long as the genetical persistence of human memory. As announced by the prophet Isaiah -- the Saviour contained in God's head from which ones sees for the first time in the iconographic history his arms repeating the molecular structures of Crick and Watson and lifting Christ's dead body so as to resuscitate him in heaven.
Hope they saved some Dalinian DNA somewhere.

Celebrate transformational DNA surrealism!

posted by Eric on 05.11.10 at 12:14 PM


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