There is an artwork by Salvador Dalí in almost every modern art museum in the Western world and possibly in the Eastern world too. It has been said that he produced more than 1,500 paintings, in addition to thousands of other pieces in a range of media from animation films to jewels. His vast legacy is scattered throughout many collections and it is a rare opportunity indeed to see his famous artworks side by side. For this reason, Dalí – All of the Poetic Suggestions and All of the Plastic Possibilities, currently at the Museo Reina Sofia is an incredible chance to visit the most comprehensive show of the artist to date. The Madrid museum has temporarily reunited artworks from diverse museums, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern and Centre Pompidou, Paris. According to the curator, Montse Aguer, the aim is to offer a complete analysis of Dalí’s oeuvre and show how he employed diverse artistic languages.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, until 2 September 2013.
Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde
Modern Couples attempts to retell the story of the modernist avant-garde through creative relationships. But is its intellectual impact marred by its massive scale?
Alge Julija Kavaliauskaitė: ‘There is something about glass that I am continually drawn to’
Kavaliauskaitė, originally from Latvia but now living in Finland, talks about art and alchemy, haunted mansions, her latest exhibition and why she was drawn to live in Nuutajärvi, a village famous for its glass-blowing
Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion
Unravelling some of the interwoven and incestuous tales relating to the 20th-century modernist protagonists in their rural Sussex settings, this exhibition is as compelling narratively as it is aesthetically and politically
Untitled (Unconscious) Rachel Howard, Boo Saville, Gorka Mohamed, George Ziffo, Kikko Giannuzzi
Untitled (Unconscious) at the TJ Boulting Gallery in London presents the work of five contemporary artists: Rachel Howard, Boo Saville, Gorka Mohamed, George Ziffo and Kikko Giannuzzi. Their work is situated between abstraction and figuration, and can be seen to reflect the ability of artists working in a world of spectacular change to retain individual identity.
Project Space: Inverted House – Tina Gverović and Siniša Ilić
Given that we are psychologically programmed to see patterns in randomness, it is little surprise that a wide array of artists have adapted this “apophenia” to aid their art. Most often this finds expression in forms of pareidolia, where human or animals are discerned in arbitrary shapes.