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"Salvador Dalí's Optical Illusions"
2000-07-22 until 2000-10-01
Scottish Natinal Gallery of Modern Art
UK United Kingdom
Salvador Dalí's Optical Illusions examines the pictorial
techniques employed by the great Surrealist painter
Salvador Dalí (1904-1989). The exhibition focuses on the
artist's life-long fascination with illusion, visual
perception and distortion, and will display over 50 of
Dalí's most important paintings.
Although best-known as a revolutionary and iconoclastic
Surrealist painter, Dalí was deeply indebted to art of
earlier periods and continually sought ways to combine
traditional images and techniques with scientific
findings. His fascination with the dream led to some of
the twentieth century's most brilliant and disturbing
visualisations of the unconscious.
The exhibition explores how the artist's double or
dissolving images relate to scientific thought and study,
and examines the techniques Dalí developed in
anamorphic perspective, pointillism and stereometry. It
also analyses Dalí's use of photography and hologram.
Organised by the Wadsworth Atheneum at Hartford,
Connecticut, this is the only showing of the exhibition
outside the USA. A fully illustrated catalogue, featuring
essays by guest curator Professor Dawn Ades,
accompanies the exhibition.