Dalí, the endless enigma

In 2021, the Atelier des Lumières will be illuminated by Salvador Dalí’s famous psychedelic works. The new immersive exhibition entitled ‘Dalí, l’énigme sans fin’ (‘Dali: the endless enigma’) will encompass more than sixty years in the career of the Catalan master, who developed and invented various artistic styles.

Visitors will be able to explore a thematic itinerary comprising surrealistic and metaphysical landscapes and will be immersed in the artist’s amazing and highly imaginative works.

Exhibited around the world (the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation at Figueres, the Dalí Museum in Florida, the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, and MoMA in New York) these works, which can be interpreted on so many levels, will be brought together in the Atelier.

Displayed and brought to life on the floors and sixteen-metre-high walls, visitors will be able to observe every detail of the brushstrokes, lines, and material effects. Paintings, drawings, photographs, installations, films, and archive images will focus on the unique personality of the painter with the famous moustache, as well as on his obsessions with the strange and the supernatural, and his fascination with his wife Gala, his muse and collaborator.

Emblematic masterpieces, such as The Persistence of Memory, the Face of Mae West (Usable as Surrealist Apartment), Atomic Leda, and the Temptation of Saint Anthony, highlight Dalí’s immense talent as a creator of new languages and unique canvases, inspired by the greatest masters of painting, ranging from Velasquez, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Vermeer to Millet.

The latest production by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto, and Massimiliano Siccardi will focus on the various facets of the artist’s approach: from his initial Impressionist- and cubist- inspired works to his mystical works with their religious themes, and his Surrealistic period to his work with the theatre, photography, and the cinema.

More than thirty years after his death, Dalí and his ‘Paranoiac-Critical Method’ still resonates today. Visitors will discover, from a fresh perspective, the painter’s hallucinations and dreamlike delirium, which he channelled into artistic works. ‘Dalí, l’énigme sans fin’ (‘Dali: the endless enigma’), which will last for around forty minutes, will reflect the painter’s inner world in an almost hypnotic atmosphere. The entire digital exhibition will be set to the music of Pink Floyd.