"I do not believe in my death. I do not believe in death in general and even less in the death of Dali. I enjoy endlessly every single moment of my life. My triumph lies in having managed not to be crushed by contemporaneity and having achieved immortality.à”.
Fully delineating the figure, art and artistic poetics of Salvador Dali is a difficult and difficult undertaking, there are many cultural fields, stimuli, ideas and innovations of this immense artist of the twentieth century. It can be said that Dali made himself a living work of art, was literally immersed in his art and was himself his own creation. In fact, sometimes his figure and his life override his own works and in the collective imagination one immediately thinks of his mustache, his photos in the streets of Paris with an anteater on a leash or at the Dali Theater-Museum in Figueres, inaugurated by the 1974 and created by him on his project to celebrate all his artistic history, a perennial and immortal monument erected to defeat oblivion and death. In fact, Dali was obsessed with the idea of death since he was a child. His brother, of the same name, had died nine months before his birth and he had always been to his parentsstato the other Salvador, leading him to exasperate his personality from a very young age. Following the nuclear attacks of 1945, a period in which Dali was in America to consecrate his career and to escape first the civil war in Spain and then World War II, the fear of death worsened, so much so as to push him to do research for to hibernate after death waiting for science, evolving, to find a method to rejuvenate the cells and bring back to life the genius of Dali. In every interview Dali always talks about himself in the third person, as if his being were something so high, pure and untouchable, that it cannot be assimilated to any living body, not even to himself.tesso.
"Modesty is not my specialty!̀!"- he says. Over the years around Europe and in America Dali becomes a celebrity. He creates portraits for the wholel'elite of Manhattan, he moved from the salons of New York to the Hamptons and Monterey, where he tirelessly searches for the landscapes of his Spain and Port Lligat, where, after eight years, he will return in 1948. ""I forget the pride of the palaces, I go back to my kingdom, my Plato's cave, I want to go back to painting my mythology with precise places seen in a new way". Without doubt, Dali's artistic history is also strongly influenced by the pictorial trends of his time, but the artist's immense talent makes it impossible to channel it and link it to a single current. The Surrealists, with whom Dali is always associated, at least in his art history books, believe they have to free the mind from rationality through magical and random associations and metaphors, linked to the Freudian unconscious. Give them to this the paranoid-critical method, believing that reality is never as it appears, how much the more you look at it in depth, the more interpretations will be possible, each image is susceptible to different interpretations according to the inclinations of the inner world of the beholder. Dali jumps forward with respect to surrealism in two directions, giving, on the one hand, an image to what by definition is devoid of it, such as the inner world, the illogical logics of dreams or physics and, on the other hand, resumes and reinterprets the works classic, without ever distorting them, but recreating and filling them with imaginative, incredible and, obviously, surreal meanings. Dali is a sublime and formidable inventor and creator of images, not only through the canvas: among others he collaborates with Walt Disney in the short film Destino, and set designer by Alfred Hitchcok, and director himself, photographer, architect, poet, writer, intellectual. Dali also makes his love with Gala, muse and companion of his entire existence, a work of art. In addition to dedicating hundreds of works to her, he creates around them an environment totally immersed in his own inspiration: their home in Port Lligat, the artist's studio, and completely designed according to his inspiration. Dali's works often bear a double signature "Gala Dali", a gesture that makes the measure of Dali's immense influence, as well as love, for this woman who remains tirelessly with him all her life, continually stimulating him on an intellectual and artistic, following and inspiring every project or madness.suo progetto o follia.