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  • “Picasso/Dalí, Dalí/Picasso”

    Dali Museum
    One Dali Boulevard
    November 8–February 16

    Curated by William Jeffett and Juan José Lahuerta

    A dual retrospective comparing the paintings, drawings, and sculptures of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí—wildly disparate artists who incarnate Spain’s Loyalist/Falangist divide—is a counterintuitive but brilliant notion. The young and foppish Dalí met Picasso in 1926 (a crystallizing moment for Surrealism), when the latter’s classicism and aestheticized Cubism were all that Dalí’s sublime handpainted dream photographs and “paranoiac-Critical” method sought to replace. With the conclusion of the Spanish Civil War in 1939, Picasso remained in Paris, committed to an existential version of Surrealism, while Dalí took off for a long, immensely successful stay in the US. This exhibition, co-organized with the Museu Picasso in Barcelona, brings together some seventy-five works from numerous museums and private collections (and boasts a catalogue with essays by the curators and by independent scholar Charles Miller). It may well bind wounds that once seemed impervious to healing. Blockbuster ahead! Travels to the Museu Picasso, Barcelona, Mar. 19–June 28, 2015.