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Exhibition: mind-blowing dive in the world of Dali

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"Self-portrait with raphaé lesque neck", c. 1921. SALVADOR DALI, FUNDACIO GALA-SALVADOR DALI / ADAGP, PARIS 2019

From Dali, we almost ended up seeing only the clown, even if his fans prefer to talk about "performance" before the hour. Because he did not hesitate to make the clown, whenever it was necessary. At the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, which devotes an exhibition to him, a retrospectively cruel film shows him playing horns to the delight of his rich American collectors. But the monumental reverberation happily goes well beyond this aspect of the character.

Entrusted to Montserrat Aguer Teixidor, who heads the three Dali museums in Catalonia (Figueras, the Portlligat workshop and the Pubol castle), she voluntarily leaves the various facets of the museum. Mad Mustachio universe (chocolate, but not thatâ € |) to focus on his only painting.

Since the beginnings, influenced by all the avant-gardes who preceded it (he tries everything, impressionism, fauvism, cubism, futurism, even the abstraction, and all rather badly) until he finds his own way, practicing the most classical technique. The licked material of a Vermeer or a Raphael, his two references, serves him to illustrate the principles of surrealism, finally of surrealism such as He conceives it: the tradition applied to describing the world's most dreamlike, if not the most decisive, worlds possible.

Dali has tried 3D before the hour

Who doubts their existence must sacrifice in the exhibition something that was wrongly considered as a gadget before trying it: the Dali Museum in St Petersburg (Florida!) Created a virtual tour, inspired by the painting The Archeological Regression of the Millet Angels, painted in 1935. Once wearing a virtual reality helmet, one is literally embarked on painting.

And there, one is surprised to grab the armrest of the armchair, as the sensations are dizzying: the pictorial universe of Dali is properly hallucinating. Some will shout at the betrayal of the thought of the Master. They will be wrong: fascinated by new technologies, he had tried at the end of his life to holograms and painting stereoscopic paintings (three are in the exhibition). The effects are more or less conclusive, but there is little risk in asserting that he would have loved 3D.

Painter, certainly, but not only: in all modesty, he meant "to save modern art from chaos and laziness"!

There are also – some will say "hey! Â € "the tables. Eighty works (thirty-eight paintings and twenty-eight drawings), but also some photographs – one has however curiously omitted the one, famous and which appears in majesty in the workshop from Portlligat, where he warmly shakes hands with General Franco – and documents, which illustrate the theme of this exhibition "Dali, a history of painting".