Berlin’s Salvador Dalí Museum is a permanent exhibition at Potsdamer Platz. With over 450 original artworks by Spanish artist Salvador Dalí, it provides insight into his “virtuosity and mastership of almost all art techniques”.
I had no idea what a diverse artist Dalí was. The exhibits include illustrations, original lithographs, sculpting, photography, xylographs, drypoint etchings, mixed-media graphics, héliogravures, Olympic medals, jewelry, and even a short film. Videos placed throughout the museum illustrate techniques Dali used to create his versatile artworks.
“Dali studied psycho-analysis and the works of Sigmund Freud before joining the Surrealists. The faithful transcription of dreams has always played a major role in Dali’s paintings.” Dalipaintings.com
Although I’m not a big Dalí fan, his Surrealistic paintings are fascinating, and this exhibit gave me new appreciation of his art and creativity. Dali is considered a genius. In addition to avant-garde paintings, Dalí also created landscapes and portraiture. This is a list of Dali’s works created between 1913 and 1983.
“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” Salvador Dali
70 Years of Dali Artwork
The Berlin museum is a great introduction to Dalí’s complex world. Over 70 years he produced 1160 artworks and even illustrated his own life for the opening of the Dalí Theater Museum in Figueres Spain!
“I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.” Salvador Dali
“Surrealist artists rejected the rational in art. Instead they aimed to channel the unconscious to unlock the power of imagination.”
Dali used extensive symbolism in his art. Recurring “images include elephants with brittle legs which evoke weightlessness; ants, thought to be his symbol for decay and death; and melting watches, perhaps symbolic of the non-linear human perception of time“.
Dali became the “most influential Surrealist artist and perhaps the most renowned twentieth century painter after Pablo Picasso”.
The museum contains so much info, it’s likely I’ll visit again. Some of Dalí’s most famous paintings include:
- The Burning Giraffe
- Tuna Fishing
- Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee
- Galatea of the Spheres
- Metamorphosis of Narcissus
- Christ of Saint John of the Cross
- The Great Masturbator
- Soft Construction with Boiled Beans
- Swans Reflecting Elephants
- The Persistence of Memory