Admit it: when you happen to talk about art, you just vaguely remember what you studied at school years ago, or what you once read in a book.
Well, here’s your opportunity to tell your friends something they most certainly didn’t know about these great, superfamous Spanish artists ! Do you know any other fun facts about art?
1. We all know Pablo Picasso’s ravishing paintings, but if you happen to go to Vondelpark, in Amsterdam, you’ll see something that might be unexpected: Figure découpée l’Oiseau, a sculpture that Picasso gifted to the city in 1965. The artist had meant it to be the statue of a bird, but visitors have always called it “The Fish”!
2. We can surely assert that “it’s a man’s world”. But Remedios Varo, the Spanish-Mexican Surrealist artist with a deep interest in science and mystical forces, was able to flip the records over: in 1971 the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City organized a posthumous retrospective exhibition with Varo’s art, which recorded the largest audiences in the museum’s entire history!
3. Salvador Dalí, the great man that we all know for his incredible Surrealist art, didn’t just paint or sculpt: not many people know that in the Seventies, for a commission, he also painted a deck of 78 beautiful tarot cards. First published in a limited edition in 1984, it was the first acknowledged deck of cards that was painted by a renowned painter. But worry not: you can now find it online, and it’s not even too expensive!
4. Speaking of Dalí, we just acknowledged that his interests went way beyond “just” painting; you probably already know that he worked with Walt Disney in the creation of the dreamy short film Destino, but that wasn’t the only time he worked in the field of the seventh art: in fact, in 1929 he collaborated with Luis Buñuel in the production of Un chien andalou, which has been defined as the most significant Surrealist film.
5. Salvador Dalí is not the only artist that dedicated a part of his life to exploring other fields: in 1926, Joan Miró collaborated with another great artist, Max Ernst, on Sergei Diaghilev’s production of Romeo and Juliet, designing stage sets and costumes for the ballet. They were both accused by some of their contemporaries to have betrayed their social class by spending time on “bourgeoisie”.