“Les grands artistes sont tous des impuissants” – Salvador Dali
In Cannes, from June to October, there was, at the Art Center La Malmaison, an exhibition of a part of Dali’s work : « Salvador Dalí ou l’ivresse des rêves », that Jean Ferrero lent to the museum, from his collection.
I’ve never been keen on Dali’s work, so it was a good occasion to discover a bit more of this wacky character, pioneer of the surrealism.
In this article, I decided to be the most honest I could.
Here’s the problem : I wasn’t prepared to see this exhibition, it was a kind of « last-minute idea ». I didn’t inquire before going to it, so as a consequence, I didn’t know anything about the artist, nor his life, nor his work, nor the aim of it. So I found myself in front of paintings full of meanings, that I couldn’t understand.
Art is made to express feelings, thoughts, ideas, in an aesthetic way. Or at least, that’s my point of view. In a piece of art, there is 50 % of aestheticism, and 50 % of semantic. The meaning of an artwork is extremely important, especially in Surrealism, which Dali was part of.
For example if a painting is absolutely amazing, but it doesn’t express anything at all, IT IS NOT ART.
So here’s my half-opinon : I couldn’t reconcile with Dali’s work. Why ? Because, I could only judge it on its appearance. The only thing this exhibition gave me is the possibility to discover a part of Dali’s less famous art pieces. It would have been so interesting to be able to analyse this more intimate part of his work, but I wasn’t, because I didn’t understand it. I felt so powerless in front of it.
So here’s what I am going to do : I am going to do my research about Salvador Dali, try to collect the most informations I can. And I will write a second article, where I’ll give you my opinion about what I remember from this exhibition, with fresh eyes and a more open mind.
Hope it will be interesting for you as it is for me.