Opening reception: ‘Dalí / Duchamp’

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Tuesday 3 October 2017
6.30 — 8.30pm

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Salvador Dalí, Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach, 1938.

Oil on canvas. 114.3 x 143.8 cm. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund. Photo: © Wadsworth Atheneum Photography: Allen Phillips/Wadsworth Atheneum / © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS 2017.

We invite RA Patrons to celebrate the formal opening of ‘Dalí / Duchamp’, which will throw light on the surprising relationship between father of conceptual art Marcel Duchamp, and larger-than-life Surrealist Salvador Dalí.

On the surface, these two great 20th-century artists could hardly be more dissimilar, but Dalí and Duchamp maintained a lasting bond of friendship and mutual admiration throughout their careers.

What fuelled this seemingly unlikely friendship was deeper than their shared artistic interests – amongst them eroticism, language, optics and games. More fundamentally, the two men were united by a combination of humour and scepticism which led both, in different ways, to challenge conventional views of art and life.

Dalí / Duchamp brings together around 60 works, including some of Dalí’s most inspired and technically accomplished paintings and sculptures, and Duchamp’s groundbreaking assemblages and readymades. It will also showcase the less familiar: photographs by Dalí, paintings by Duchamp, correspondence and collaborations between the two artists.

As an RA Patron we offer you exclusive access to the opening reception of the RA’s exhibitions. Silver, Gold and Platinum Patrons are invited to attend four, six or all opening reception respectively, as part of their annual membership fee.

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Tuesday 3 October 2017

6.30 — 8.30pm

Weston Galleries, Burlington House

Free. Patrons only.

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