Freud, Dalí and the Metamorphosis of Narcissus

Freud Museum

3 October 2018 – 24 February 2019

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This new exhibition explores the connection between Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dalí, starting from their one meeting in 1938.

Salvador Dalí, Metamorphosis of Narcissus, 1937

Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dalí are two of the most significant and influential figures of the 20th century. Dalí was a passionate admirer of the father of psychoanalysis and finally met him in London on 19 July 1938, bringing with him his recently completed painting The Metamorphosis of Narcissus. This year marks the 80th anniversary of their meeting.

The painting, on loan from the Tate, will be the central point in the exhibition for an exploration of the extensive influence of Freud on Dalí and on Surrealism. Also considered will be Freud’s own attitude to painting, illuminated by his response to this encounter with Dalí. He said, 'In classic paintings, I look for the unconscious – in a surrealist painting, for the conscious.’

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