Under the Sign of Narcissus: Freud Meets Dalí

Under the Sign of Narcissus: Freud Meets Dalí
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Salvador Dalí was still a student when he discovered Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams - subsequently, he claimed that he was “captured by the vice of self-analysis”, a facet that is evidently clear in his following surrealist works. For a long time, the histrionic artist from Catalan dreamed of meeting the Father of Psycho-Analysis, until, in 1938, Freud sought refuge in London because of the Nazi occupation of Vienna. The British Capital thus hosted the only meeting between these two giants of the XX Century - Dalì brought his painting the The Metamorphosis of Narcissus with him, hoping to have a discussion on narcissism and illustrate his “paranoiac-critical” artistic approach. He then portrayed his guru in person in a series of memorable sketches. 80 years after this fateful encounter, the Freud Museum explores the relationship between the doctor and the artist in a rich exhibition - gathered around the The Metamorphosis of Narcissus, on loan from the Tate Gallery, are paintings, drawings, prints, vintage photos, but also letters and texts by the artist, as well as documents from the archives of Freud used to shed light on his feelings towards Dalí. And to more deeply explore the subject, the museum offers a dense program of meetings and conferences looking at the relationship between Freud and art.
Francesca Grego - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London