Berlin’s Dalí Museum is a permanent exhibition at Potsdamer Platz with more than 450 original artworks by Spanish artist Salvador Dalí. The museum offers “insight into Dalí’s virtuosity and mastership of almost all art techniques”.
I had no idea what a diverse artist Dalí was. The amazing exhibits include original lithographs, illustrations, photography, sculpting, xylographs, drypoint etchings, mixed-media graphics, héliogravures, Olympic medals, jewelry, and even a short film. Videos placed throughout the museum illustrate techniques used to create some of his work.
Although I’ve never been a Dalí fan, his Surrealistic paintings are fascinating, and this exhibit gave me new appreciation of his art and creativity. He’s considered a genius. In addition to his more avant-garde paintings, Dalí created beautiful landscapes and portraiture. This is an impressive list of his works created between 1913 and 1983.
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 his museum in Figueres Spain!
“Surrealist artists rejected the rational in art; and instead aimed to channel the unconscious to unlock the power of imagination.”
Dali used extensive symbolism in his work. Recurring “images in his paintings include elephants with brittle legs which evoke weightlessness; ants, thought to be his symbol for decay and death; and melting watches, perhaps symbolic of 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