Salvador Dalà (1904-89) is one of the most famous and notorious artists of the twentieth century. This unprecedented exhibition brings together more than one hundred works by Dali, including major paintings, photographs, drawings and films, in order to explore the central role of cinema in his work as both inspiration and an outlet for experimentation.
Overflowing with imagination, the exhibition displays collaborations between Dali and legendary film makers, such as Luis Bunuel, Walt Disney, Alfred Hitchcock and the Marx brothers, presenting some of the most stunning images from twentieth century cinema. It includes his early collaborative projects with Bunuel in L'Age d'or and Un Chien andalou - featuring the infamous image of an eye being cut by a razor. Dali explored his obsessions in all modes of practice, so that the relationship between his paintings and his films provides a fascinating insight into his imagination.
As well as showing how Dalà fashioned film imagery from his paintings, Dalà & Film also exposes how he responded to cinema. Film was a major passion throughout his career and Dalà was one of the first artists for whom film was a key influence as well as a creative outlet. In his younger years he loved the bizarre slapstick humour of Hollywood comedians, such as Harry Langdon, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. He saw this mass entertainment as an antidote for the pretensions of high culture and this cinematic vision became a model for his own work. Dali and Film presents this great artist in a light you have never seen before.