Salvador Dalí is making a guest appearance in this week’s literal telenovela. Last month, a Spanish judge ordered Dalí’s body to be exhumed for a paternity suit filed by television psychic Pilar Abel, who claims to be Dalí’s daughter and has been fighting for a paternity test since 2007.
However, the scientist who exhumed the artist’s body was more interested in how his iconic mustache faired. Dalí’s undertaker Narcís Bardalet called it “a miracle,” according to The Guardian. “His mustache is still intact, [like clock hands at] 10 past 10, just as he liked it. I was quite moved. You could also see his hair.” Bardalet confirmed the rest of Dalí’s body, which has been underground since 1989, resembled that of a mummy.
In a fittingly surreal end to 10 years of fighting between Abel and the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation that controls the artist’s estate, the artist’s body was as hard as wood and required an electric saw rather than a scalpel to collect bone samples. Abel claims her physical resemblance to the painter is so strong, “The only thing I’m missing is the moustache.” Perhaps she can borrow that in addition to the quarter of his estate Abel will be heir to, if proven related.
The results of the testing are expected to be shared in the next month of two.
Legendary, eccentric artist Salvador Dalí declared at age 6 that he wished to become a chef. First published in 1973, Les Diners de Gala was a bizarre dream come true—a cookbook filled with surreal illustrations and recipes inspired by the lavish dinner parties that Dalí and his wife Gala organized. The parties were legendary for their wild opulence, with guests often required to dress in costume and wild animals left to roam free around the table.
Acclaimed publisher Taschen is reissuing the cookbook, available for pre-order, as only 400 of the original publications are known to exist. The book, which includes 136 recipes divided into 12 chapters, is arranged by courses—including aphrodisiacs. Aside from his illustrations, Dalí’s musings are scattered through the publication, giving insight into his philosophy on gustatory delights. If, as the artist proclaims, “the jaw is our best tool to grasp philosophical knowledge,” he does well to display the bizarre and decadent aspects of cuisine. “Thousand Year Old Eggs,” “Veal Cutlets Stuffed With Snails,” “Frog Pasties,” and “Toffee with Pine Cones” are all on the menu, with sometimes unsettling imagery to match. Overtones of cannibalism also creep into the work—for instance, an armless woman with a skirt formed from lobster stands atop of pile of dead bodies, many with severed heads.
Those interested in taking on the challenge of cooking Dalí-style will also need to throw their diets out the window. Dalí writes from the outset, “We would like to state clearly that, beginning with the very first recipes, Les Diners de Gala, with its precepts and its illustrations, is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of Taste. Don’t look for dietetic formulas here. We intend to ignore those charts and tables in which chemistry takes the place of gastronomy. If you are a disciple of one of those calorie-counters who turn the joys of eating into a form of punishment, close this book at once; it is too lively, too aggressive, and far too impertinent for you.”
Whether purchased for the cuisine or the art, Les Diners de Gala demonstrates how Dalí, as a multifaceted artist, never allowed himself to be bound by the limits of the canvas. His artistic mind knew no bounds, moving from the gallery to the kitchen with ease.
The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida has launched a new exhibit titled “Disney & Dali: Architects of the Imagination,” telling the story of an unlikely friendship between Surrealist painter Salvador Dali and entertainment innovator Walt Disney. On display are an assortment of story sketches, conceptual artwork and archival film portraying how two dreamers used their imaginations to propel themselves in their respective careers. In the spirit of creating a multi-sensory experience, the museum has put together a virtual reality video where audiences can explore Dali’s paintings like never before. “Dreams of Dali” starts off with the illusory landscape of the Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s ‘Angelus’ painting and takes viewers through other famous works from the artist, all available in 4K display. Users can wear an Oculus Rift or a Google headset with an Android OS to get the full 3D VR experience, or simply click and drag to view the 360 degree video on desktop and mobile.
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The Department of Astounding Hyperrealism has previously featured the jaw-dropping work of Los Angeles-based Japanese hyperrealist sculptor Kazuhiro Tsuji because of his astonishingly lifelike bust of Abraham Lincoln. Today our minds have been blown once again by another of Tsuji’s sculptures, portraits of artist Salvador Dalí. Silicone sculpted, mixed media busts are larger than life – much like Dali seemed to be in real life – and so incredibly detailed that we keep waiting for them to blink or wink or maybe even speak.
Visits Kazuhiro Tsuji’s website to check out more of his phenomenal sculptures and click here for a brief video interview with Tsuji about his process.