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“Dalí: Painting and Film”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art was the last stop of a four-city tour for “Dalí: Painting and Film,” a voluminous show that included paintings, drawings, films, and film treatments. Originating in London (at Tate Modern), the exhibition moved on to Los Angeles (to LACMA), a natural setting for the show given that it was in Hollywood that Salvador Dalí worked with Alfred Hitchcock on the filmmaker’s 1945 thriller Spellbound—at MoMA, Gregory Peck’s dream sequence, which features Dalí’s huge smoky backdrop, was projected onto a nearly wall-size screen—and on Walt Disney’s deservedly forgotten Destino (1946), an oversugared confection in its posthumous completion in 2003. Dalí and the Marx Brothers were mutual fans. Dalí sent Harpo a harp with barbed-wire strings. Harpo sent back a glossy of himself with bloodied fingers.

The Dalí Museum in Saint Petersburg, Florida, was also a stopover. And finally

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