The relationship between two prominent figures in the 20th-century art world has often been overlooked. That's now changed with the new Barcelona exhibit at the Picasso Museum, which explores the impactful relationship between Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso.
Titled Picasso / Dali, Dali / Picasso, the exhibit delves into the lives of both of these renowned artists, who were seen in many ways as mythical, stylistically self-driven and with opposing political views.
Running until June 28, 2015, this expose draws the connection between Picasso and Dali, illustrating the affect they had on each other.
Dali looks at Picasso — Photo courtesy of Museu Picasso Barcelona
For example, Picasso helped Dali during his early years. Then in the 1930s, both were involved in the Surrealist movement. The two artists both used art as a vehicle to express the human suffering caused by the Spanish Civil War, and Dali even referenced Picasso and paid tribute to his work.
The relationship between the two continued, and in the 1950s, they were brought together by the work of great masters, including Diego Velázquez.
The exhibit is rare not only in that it portrays the connection between these two artistic geniuses, but also because it displays paintings, drawings, etchings and sculptures, many of which have never been loaned before. It also showcases pieces from over 25 museums around the world, including documents that help to put their work into context.
The exhibit can be seen at the Picasso Museum, situated in Barcelona's trendy Born neighborhood. In conjunction with the Museu Picasso, it's been organized by Barcelona and The Dalí Museum, Saint Petersburg and Florida, with the support of the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí.
This is an excellent way to spend an afternoon, especially since the Picasso Museum is so well situated, surrounded by great bars and restaurants – including Passeig Del Born, which has a wide range of delicious eatery options.
Right around the corner, there are also some excellent places to eat on Calle Fusina, including Llamber and Bormuth.
If you'd rather experience the exhibit with a guided tour, there are tours open to the general public every Saturday in English, Spanish and Catalan at 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively.
If you'd like to book a semi-private tour for up to six people, then call +34 93 256 30 22. They run Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Picasso Museum's hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the exception of Thursday, when the museum stays open until 9:30 p.m.
If you just want to see the exhibit, it's 6.5 Euros. And if you'd like access to the entire museum as well as the exhibit, it's 14 Euros.