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 - Declaration of the independence of imagination and the rights of man to his own madness
  • Declaration of the independence of imagination and the rights of man to his own madness
    Dali, Salvador, born 1904 - died 1989
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Declaration of the independence of imagination and the rights of man to his own madness

  • Date:

    1939 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dali, Salvador, born 1904 - died 1989 (Author)

  • Museum number:

    38041800859019

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Salvador Dalí wrote this declaration after his experience creating a pavilion for the 1939 New York World's fair. The 'Dream of Venus' pavilion was a Surrealist undersea grotto where semi naked women performed in tanks playing piano and milking cows amongst other suitably surreal activities. The image on this pamphlet of Botticelli’s Venus with the head of a fish was Dalí’s original idea for the Pavilion’s entrance. However, the design was rejected by the Fair’s organisers who stated “‘A woman with the head of a fish is impossible” and replaced it with a simple reproduction of Venus. Believing that his artistic vision had been unacceptably compromised, Dalí responded by producing this pamphlet berating the Fair’s organisers and rallying against mediocrity in art by consensus.

Physical description

[4] p. : ill.

Date

1939 (printed)

Artist/maker

Dali, Salvador, born 1904 - died 1989 (Author)

Dimensions

Height: 382 mm, Width: 223 mm closed, Width: 443 mm open

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Pamphlet 'Declaration of the independence of imagination and the rights of man to his own madness'. Salvador Dalí, 1939.

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Prints

Collection

National Art Library

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