“Tocados por Dalí” (“Fingered” by Dalí)
An exhibition about the Dalí controversy in the Ateneu Barcelonès
In 1930, Salvador Dalí brought controversy to the Ateneu Barcelonès. The artist gave a conference entitled, “La Moral Surrealista” (Surrealist Moral) and the event ended up in a scandal when Dalí voiced some very harsh criticism against both his father and the playwright Àngel Guimerà. The conference is considered to be the breaking point of the artist with the Catalan culture of the time.
An exhibition in the Ateneu Barcelonès is currently reliving these events using materials that, for the most part, have not been published previously. In the exhibition entitled, “Tocados por Dalí” (“Fingered” or “Singled out” by Dalí), visitors can see the minutes of the committee meeting (including a description of the events and the resignation of the president at the time, Pere Corominas, which was not accepted), the protest made by Pere Aldavert (who Dalí calls “a nobody”, “a crackpot” and “Hellmouth”) and, in particular, a copy of “The Visible Woman”, signed and dedicated to the “putrefactos” (putrescent ones) of the Ateneu. Also on display are surrealist magazines from the period and a copy of the Yellow Manifest.
The exhibition serves as a remembrance of a crucial moment in the ideological career of the genius from Empordà.
Publication date: Tuesday, 17 September 2013