DALÍ, THE ENIGMA WITHOUT END
19 May 2021 – 2 January 2022 Atelier des Lumières
In 2021, the Atelier des Lumières will be illuminated by the famous and unique works of Salvador Dalí. The immersive exhibition “Dalí, the endless enigma” looks back on more than 60 creative years of the Catalan master who has explored and invented several artistic styles.
Through a thematic route, the visitor walks through surrealist and metaphysical landscapes and finds himself at the heart of the surprising works of the artist with overflowing imagination. Exhibited around the world (Dalí Theater-Museum in Figueres, The Dalí Museum in Florida, Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, MoMA in New York …) these works, with multiple levels of reading, illuminate the Hall of the Atelier des Lumières .
Deployed and animated on the floor and walls up to 10 meters high, they reveal the details of brushstrokes, lines and interplay of materials. Paintings, drawings, photographs, installations, films and archival images recall the unique personality of the famous mustache painter, but also his obsessions for the strange and the supernatural as well as his fascination with his wife Gala, his true muse and collaborator.
Emblematic masterpieces, from La Persistence de la Mémoire au Visage by Mae West like a surrealist apartment, passing by Leda Atomique and La temptation de Saint Antoine, reveal the talent of Dalí, creator of new languages and unique paintings, inspired by the great masters of painting such as Vélasquez, Raphaël, Michel-Ange, Vermeer or Millet.
This creation, produced under the artistic direction of Gianfranco Iannuzzi, looks back on the different facets of the artist: from his initial impressionist and cubist research to his mystical works with religious themes, including his surrealist period and his relationship to the stage, to photography and film. More than 30 years after his death, Dalí and his “paranoid-critical method” continues to resonate today: the visitor discovers, from a new angle, the optical effects and dreamlike evocations of the painter that he uses for the benefit of artistic creation.
“Dalí, the endless enigma”, for about forty minutes, reveals the mirrors of the painter’s thought in an almost hypnotic atmosphere. The entire digital exhibition is punctuated by the music of Pink Floyd.
Constantly experimenting and rejecting any rational mechanism, these two icons of painting and music share an astonishing visual imagination where obsessive visions and technical virtuosity blend together. The deep colors, the stretched and voluminous shapes of Dalí’s canvases are outlined on the walls to the sound of titles from mythical albums such as The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall to immerse the visitor in a hovering, peaceful or disturbing universe. .
This retrospective, associated with the music of the legendary group of the 1960s, offers a timeless journey that awakens the subconscious where Dalí’s work remains an endless mystery and enigma.