Dalí and Duchamp get joint billing at London's Royal Academy of Arts

OCTOBER 7, 2017, to Jan 3, 2018, The Royal Academy of Arts in London is exploring the surprising relationship between two of the 20th century's most famous artists — Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp — in the first ever exhibition presenting their art in exclusive dialogue.

While the work of Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dalí is drastically different in many ways, the two artists shared attitudes to art and life that manifested in their work on various levels. The "Dalí / Duchamp" exhibition — running Oct 7, 2017, to Jan 3, 2018, at the Royal Academy of Arts — will highlight links between the artists and their work by taking their friendship as a starting point. The show will explore their personal, aesthetic and philosophical links through over 80 paintings, sculptures, "readymades", photographs, drawings, films and archive materials.

The show will comprise three sections. The first, "Identities," will explore the personalities and artistic identities of each artist, both of whom followed similar trajectories by experimenting with different artistic movements such as Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism and Futurism. This diversity is illustrated by works such as Duchamp's "The King and Queen Surrounded by Swift Nudes" and Dalí's "The First Days of Spring."

Next, "The Body and the Object" will feature works by both artists on the theme of eroticism, expressed through both figurative and abstract paintings and sculptures. Highlights include "Bicycle Wheel" and "Fountain" by Duchamp and the "Lobster Telephone" by Dalí.

Finally, "Experimenting with Reality" will show how the two artists respond to new ideas about space, time, matter and gravity.

Duchamp and Dalí met in the 1930s through mutual acquaintances in the Surrealist group. From the late 1950s, Duchamp rented a house not far from Dalí's home in Port Lligat, Spain each summer. The pair developed a close friendship and remained close until Duchamp died in 1968.

"Dali / Duchamp" runs Oct 7, 2017, to January 3, 2018, at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, UK. — AFP Relaxnews