4. January 2020

Body Performance - Ausstellung der Helmut Newton Stiftung - Teil 2

Viviane Sassen begeistert seit Jahren die Modefotowelt. Auch sie arbeitet in erster Linie mit dem menschlichen Körper, etwa indem...


31. December 2019

Body Performance - Ausstellung der Helmut Newton Stiftung - Teil 1

Performance ist eine eigenständige Kunstform, und die Fotografie ist ihr ständiger Begleiter. In dieser Gruppenausstellung werden...


Top-News  |  24. May 2019

The Life of Salvadore Dali

There can be no question of the public recognition of Salvador Dalí. Ask the man in then street to name a modern artist, and he will name Dalí. There are several stage in this public awareness. He is well-known as a showman and as one of the great artists of the century. Those who are familiar with his popular works praise his technical skills and enjoy his wild imagination. It seems that everyone knows the limp watches that appeared in his paintings, though not everyone can give its title, The Persistence of Memory.

The end of the 19th century saw Montmartre to be the center of artistic life, with Toulouse-Lautrec (Au Moulin Rouge, 1891), Renoir (Bal du Moulin de la Galette, 1876), and Picasso (Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, 1907). Artist workshops began to flourish like the famous "Bateau Lavoir" (1907) where cubism was born. Dalí came to live at 7, rue Becquerel, in the apartment that Paul Eluard found in 1929 for Gala. He couldn't miss seing the windmills, an essential aspect of the Montmartre myth and of Certvantes' Don Quixote, Knight errant, which he wanted to illustrate. In November 1956, Dalí undertook "to produce the first engravings of the Don Quixote series before the press, in the Place Jean Baptiste Clément. The master used two [rhinoceros] horns and some bread dipped in ink in the process. A short film was made to immortalize the scene. It was "to illustrate paranoically all the electric mystery of the liturgy of this scene and the moral character of the audience". After the second world war, Maurice Utrillo's widow, the flamboyant Lucie Valore, the self-proclaimed Empress of Montmartre, suggested to Dalí the he became the Emperor of Montmartre ; Dalí was charmed and accepted, but the affair did not prosper.
Gala, wife and muse to Salvador Dalí, was born in Russia on August 26, 1894. She was an inspiration to surrealist artists and was first married to the poet, Paul Eluard. She was also Max Ernst's mistress.  Dalí fell madly in love with her when he invited Eluard and Gala to Spain in the summer of 1929. Dalí wrote in The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí: "She was destined to be my Gradiva*, the one who moves forward, my victory, my wife."  They moved to the United States in the 40s. Gala played an essential role in Dalí's success: she was the one who organized exhibitions, supervised sales of his paintings, managed meetings with journalists and photographers, arranged business agreements.  In 1958, Dalí and Gala were married religiously in the Àngels chapel near Girona, and together, they created their surrealist house in Portlligat.  In 1968, the painter bought a castle for Gala in Púbol, and it was agreed that he would not visit her without previous written permission. Gala died in 1982 and was buried at the castle. In 1996, the castle became the Gala-Dalí Home Museum in Púbol and was opened to the public. Gala put the genius to work and revealed Dalí to himself: "Gala discovers and brings me all of the essences that I convert into the honey of my thought in the busy hive of my brain. If it were not for Gala, today, the world would be without a genius: Dalí would not exist".

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16. October 2019

Affordable Art Fair Hamburg

In 1999, the art world was dominated by expert fairs, traditional auction houses and white cube galleries. Whoever wanted to buy...


7. October 2019

Olafur Eliasson: In real life

Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967) grew up in Iceland and Denmark. In 1995 he founded Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, which today...

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