Dalí-Freud, Exhibition, Lower Belvedere, Vienna: 28 January-29 May 2022

A Belvedere exhibition that examines the magnetic appeal and inspiring influence that Freud exerted on Dalí, exploring two of the most significant movements of the twentieth century.

The subconscious and the realm of dreams are two motifs central to Surrealism. Its stylistic inclination thus has a fascination with psychoanalysis. Two of the greatest leading men in these two areas are Freud and Dalí. Salvador Dalí had access to translations of Sigmund Freud’s writings starting in the early 1920s and studied them extensively. Influenced by this literature, he began to explore the poetics of Surrealism in 1926 and developed the pictorial language that gave his work the unique status it maintains to this day.

Salvador Dalí had made several attempts to get to know Sigmund Freud in Vienna before they finally met in London, for the first and only time, in autumn 1938. The psychoanalyst had an immense influence on the work of the great Surrealist, embodying the close relationship between these two most   significant enlightenments of the 20th century. The extent to which Dalí specifically addressed Freud’s theories and their obvious inclusion in his work is the theme of a comprehensive exhibition at the Belvedere Orangery starting in October 2020. 150 paintings, sculptures, photographs, films, books, magazines, letters and other documents shed light on the magnetic appeal and the inspiring influence that Freud exerted on the artist.

Composition with Three Figures. "Neo-cubist Academy", 1926 oil on canvas, 190 x 200 cm © Museu de Montserrat, Montserrat
Composition with Three Figures. "Neo-cubist Academy", 1926 oil on canvas, 190 x 200 cm © Museu de Montserrat, Montserrat
Picture Sigmund Freud, 1938 ink on paper, 30 x 27 cm Freud Museum London © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Bildrecht, Wien 2019
Picture Sigmund Freud, 1938 ink on paper, 30 x 27 cm Freud Museum London © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Bildrecht, Wien 2019
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