Picasso and Dalí: A Masterful Exhibit

By: Jodi Mailander Farrell


Rarely loaned masterpieces by two 20th century art giants make an unprecedented appearance in St. Petersburg when an international blockbuster of an exhibition will feature the works of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.

"Picasso / Dalí, Dalí / Picasso" will be presented exclusively in only two museums worldwide: St. Petersburg's Dalí Museum and Barcelona's Museu Picasso.

The Florida exhibit runs Nov. 8, 2014, through Feb. 16, 2015, before it travels to the Museu Picasso for exhibition March 19-June 28, 2015.

The landmark exhibit will focus on paintings, and also feature drawings, prints and sculpture from more than 25 international art museums and private collections worldwide.

“This Picasso exhibition offers the possibility of rereading the relationship between two key figures of 20th century art and exploring new interpretations of the period in which their lives and works intersected,” Dalí Museum Director Dr. Hank Hine said in a news release.

Both Spaniards, the two famous artists met in the spring of 1926, when Dalí visited Picasso’s studio on his first trip to Paris. Picasso was 23 years older and a successful artist. The young Dalí was greatly influenced by the encounter and returned to Spain to create paintings reflecting a new artistic maturity.

In 1929 both Dalí and Picasso participated in the project of the Surrealists to bring the disruptive and creative power of dream images into their works. Seven years later, the two artists both responded to the horrors of civil war in Spain with powerful works dramatizing the anguish of human conflict.

In the 1940s, Dalí and Picasso began to define diverging political affinities, one to the left and one to the right.

The downtown St. Petersburg museum, at One Dalí Blvd., is home to an unparalleled collection of Salvador Dalí art, featuring more than 2,000 works comprising nearly 100 oil paintings, over 100 watercolors and drawings, and 1,300 prints, photographs, sculptures and objets d’art.

The building is itself a work of art, featuring 1,062 triangular-shaped glass panels. It was listed on AOL Travel News as “one of the top buildings to see in your lifetime.”

Info: http://thedali.org/home.php

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