Elsa Schiaparelli

Dalí and Vezzoli: Art in a Celebrity-Obsessed World

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The Divine Dalí: that’s how artist Salvador Dalí referred to himself. “I am the supreme swine,” he once told an interviewer. “The symbol of perfection is the pig.” After Marcel Duchamp, but before Andy Warhol, Dalí understood how to manipulate the press to create a mass-media image of celebrity, a position that few visual artists are able to hold. Fast-forward to the present, and we find the incomparable Francesco Vezzoli, a charismatic artist who has the ability to woo Helen Mirren, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, and Lady Gaga to take part in his outrageous productions. With a stroke of genius, Stockholm’s Moderna Museet has brought Dalí and Vezzoli together in an exhibition that explores their mutual interest in fame, fortune, and creativity.
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