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|Face of Mae West Which Can Be Used as an Apartment (c. 1974)|
|The Mae West Room at the Centre Pompidou exhibit, Paris|
In 1939, the leader of the Surrealist movement, André Breton, coined an uncomplimentary nick-name for the Catalan painter Salvador Dalí. Avida Dollars, an anagram of Dalí’s name, translates phonetically into the French avide à dollars, or ‘eager for dollars.’ It marked, with little subtlety, Breton’s disapproval of Dalí’s commercial success. Dalí, who had been a member of the Surrealist group for a decade, was thereby excommunicated (designodaily.com).
Dalí's major contribution to the Surrealist Movement was what he called the "paranoiac-critical method," a mental exercise of accessing the subconscious to enhance artistic creativity. The active juxtaposition of dreams and subconscious thought to reality, for Dali, became a way of life. This major retrospective of the artist's works, both known and unknown, aims to reconcile his reputation as a sell-out, accused of moneymaking and self-publicity with his status as a respected Surrealist painter. The exhibit will include:
|Portrait of Pablo Picasso in the 21st Century|
|Dormeuse, Cheval, Lion Invisibles|
Centre Pompidou - Place Georges Pompidou - Paris 4e
Exhibit through March 25, 2013.
Posted by Jean-Marc and Cynthia Fray at 6:21 PM