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Dalí / Duchamp

A two-day symposium

Short course

  • 3 November 2017, 1 — 5pm
  • 4 November 2017, 10am — 5pm
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Dalí / Duchamp

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Marcel Duchamp / Salvador Dalí and Edward James, Fountain / Lobster Telephone (red), 1917 / 1938.

Porcelain / Telephone, steel, plaster, rubber, resin and paper. 36 x 48 x 61 cm / 18 x 30.5 x 12.5 cm. (For Fountain) Rome, National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art. Photography: © Schiavinotto Giuseppe / © Succession Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2017 (For Lobster Telephone (red)) West Dean College, part of Edward James Foundation / © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS 2017.

This symposium explores the extraordinary relationship between Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp, and the legacy of two of the 20th century’s greatest artists.

The symposium aims to further explore and debate the key themes of the Dalí / Duchamp exhibition, including the relationship and shared interests of Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp, two of the 20th century’s greatest artists.

Although often positioned as opposites, the artists enjoyed a long friendship and spent time together in Cadaqués and Portlligat on the Costa Brava in Spain. They shared an enduring interest in themes such as eroticism, optics, language and science and were united by humour as well as a scepticism of established convention which led them to challenge norms and offer innovative alternatives in their artistic practice and lives.

During this two-day interdisciplinary symposium, international scholars and speakers are invited to explore the relationship between Dalí and Duchamp, as well as a range of themes central to the exhibition including (but not limited to):

• Identities – demonstrated through both the artworks themselves and the artists persona
• Eroticism and the object – a discussion of both surrealism and ready-mades as well as the relationship between them
• Science, religion and language
• Chess and games
• The personal or public relationship between Dalí and Duchamp
• The artistic and philosophical links between the artists

The symposium is aimed for academics, students and those interested in the art and ideas of the period.

This symposium coincides with the Dalí / Duchamp exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and The Dalí Museum, St Petersburg, Florida, in collaboration with the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and the Association Marcel Duchamp.

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  • 3 November 2017, 1 — 5pm
  • 4 November 2017, 10am — 5pm

The Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£120 for two days. Includes early bird entry into the exhibition on Saturday morning, refreshments throughout and a drinks reception at the end of day one.