Patrons evening preview: ‘Dalí / Duchamp’

Patrons events

● Fully booked

Monday 2 October 2017
6.30 — 8.30pm

Part of our

Dalí / Duchamp

events programme
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Salvador Dalí, Les premiers jours du printemps (The First Days of Spring), 1929.

Oil and collage on panel. 49.5 x 64 cm. © Collection of the Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida / © Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS 2016.

RA Patrons have the first opportunity to see this original exhibition, 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.

This original exhibition 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.

Join us for a private curator-led tour of our Dalí / Duchamp exhibition and drinks reception in the John Madejski Fine Rooms.

Patrons can choose either the breakfast preview or this evening preview as part of their annual membership benefits. To keep each event special, all tours have limited availability.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Monday 2 October 2017

6.30 — 8.30pm

Weston Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

Free. Patrons only.