Dalí / Duchamp

Royal Academy of Arts

7 Oct 2017 – 3 Jan 2018

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Presented as a conversation taking place through art, this exhibition looks at the relationship between two titans of the 20th century: Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dalí.

Salvador Dalí, Christ of Saint John of the Cross, c1951

Working at the vanguard of their fields – Dalí in Surrealism, and Duchamp now widely termed the father of conceptual art – the pair enjoyed a long friendship, and their connection as well as their influence on each other is explored in this collection of around 60 works.

As well as some of Dalí’s most technically accomplished paintings and sculptures and some of Duchamp’s assemblages and readymades, the show presents lesser-known material, including photographs by the former and paintings by the latter – plus correspondence between the two. 

The bond between Dalí and Duchamp went deeper than professional admiration, however, and this exhibition recognises their personal as well as aesthetic common ground. Both employed a cutting humour and scepticism, and both committed themselves to challenging conventional ways of life as well as art.

Curators Dawn Ades, William Jeffett and Sarah Lea hope that, through the lens of this intriguing friendship, visitors can gain a new perspective on two irreverent minds, and perhaps even reassess their familiar position in art history.

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Opening times

Mon – Thu, Sat – Sun, 10am – 6pm
Fri, 10am – 10pm

Closed 23 Jun, 24 – 26 Dec

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