Dali vs Picasso / Picasso vs Dali

Salvador Dali in 1939.
Photo: Carl Van Vechten. Via Wikimedia Commons.

New River Fine Art has one of the largest selections of Dali artwork in the country and also offers original works and fine prints by Picasso.

Who Gets Top Billing?
It is rare that the name of a museum exhibition is a political hot potato. But it’s happening in Barcelona and St. Petersburg, Florida right now.

“We have been over the title [of the show] for the last two years about a thousand times,” says Bernardo Laniado-Romero, director of the Museu Picasso in Barcelona. In March 2015, the museum will open a show devoted to Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, pretty much the first recent one focused on just the two Spaniards, he says. But the show actually premieres at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, on November 18, 2014.

So which artist gets his name first in the exhibition title? In short who gets the top billing?

Splitting the difference, sort-of, the Dali Museum will open its show with a double-billed title: “Picasso/Dali, Dali/Picasso.” What a silly solution for an exhibition title, but I guess it works for the organizing venues.

As for the show itself, it is a surprisingly apposite pairing: Picasso, not always known as a warm supporter of younger artists, took his younger countryman under his wing after Joan Miro introduced them in the mid-1920s. “These are two artists who have been written about but their relationship has not been studied,” says the director of the Museu Picasso. Meanwhile, the director of the Dali Museum, Hank Hine, notes: “We think we know Picasso, we think we know Dali,” but the show “will add new knowledge.” Let’s hope so.

Full story from Alexandra Peers found here.