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Dali | Duchamp

1 Dec 2017

Full day: £90.00

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Dali | Duchamp Study Day

Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí. Giants of 20th-century art: flamboyant, articulate, endlessly controversial. At first glance there might seem little in common between Duchamp, the original conceptual artist whose ‘ready-mades’ and installations specifically rejected painting, and the younger Dalí, whose outstanding ability as a painter gave resonance and conviction to his ‘images of concrete irrationality’. But from their first meeting in the 1930s the two men formed a lasting friendship, bound together by their shared love of visual puns, wordplay, erotic imagery and chess, as well as by a mutual and sceptical fascination with the developing sciences of optics and psychology. Moving in the same art circles, they encountered each other regularly over the years in diverse cities from Paris to New York to London; in between they kept in touch by letter, and for more than a decade Duchamp rented a summer villa near Dalí’s home in his beloved Cadaques.

As the Royal Academy plays host to a unparalleled selection of some of the most exciting works by these two extraordinary artists, this Study Day invites you to an extended exploration of the world of Duchamp and Dalí: their innovative ideas, their unlikely friendship and the witty, challenging, deliberately enigmatic art they created.

Study Day Programme:


i. Duchamp: not making. 'The readymades, actions and exhibitions of Marcel Duchamp'
Ben Street (Independent Art Historian)


ii. 'The difference between me and a madman': Salvador Dalí, Surrealist supreme
Dr Justine Hopkins (Independent Art Historian)


Lunch (Not Included)


iii. 'Hand painted dream photographs': Dalí, delirium and reality
Dr Justine Hopkins (Independent Art Historian)


iv. Duchamp: making. 'The paintings, sculptures and installations of Marcel Duchamp'
Ben Street (Independent Art Historian)


Study Day Location:

Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square

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Each Study Day is is made up of a morning and an afternoon session. There will short refreshments breaks throughout the day between lectures. Study Notes and suggestions for further reading will be provided.

Art Pursuits Abroad Art History Study Days are generally held at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The nearest tube station is Russell Square. We know that the chairs, whilst beautifully designed, are not the most comfortable, so do bring a cushion for padding.

Numbers are normally limited to a maximum of 70 participants or less per Study Day to ensure a personal atmosphere conducive to interactive learning with pleasure. Bookings are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.

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Once booked, we will then send you confirmation of your Study Day place(s), a map of how to find us, and suggestions for preparatory reading should you wish to do any. Booking payments are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.

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