Modern Masters Episode 4: Dali - Agent Provocateur of Modern Art

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Modern Masters Episode 4: Salvador Dali - Agent Provocateur of Modern Art (BBC Documentary)

Salvador Dali - Statue - Cadaques - Spain
Salvador Dali - Statue - Cadaques - Spain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"Every morning, upon awakening, I experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali, and I ask myself, wonderstruck, what prodigious thing will he do today, this Salvador Dali."
Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali was art's greatest clown, but was he also one of its great geniuses? Journalist Alastair Sooke traces the life and work of the popular surrealist artist, travelling throughout Europe and America. From his origins in turn-of-the-century Spain, to his high jinx in New York in the 1970s, Sook reveals this artist's fascinating life story and explains the thinking behind and impact of his most famous
 works.

Talking to Dali fans from Mighty Boosh comedian Noel Fielding to contemporary artist Jeff Koons, Sooke reveals the pervading influence of Dali and his brand of surrealism. Featuring testimonies from film giant Alfred Hitchcock and excerpts from the film Dali made with Walt Disney, Destino, as well as looking at contemporary advertising, this programme shows how the hand of Dali has touched almost every aspect of popular culture.


Salvador Dali
English: Salvador Dali with ocelot and cane.
Salvador Dali with ocelot and cane. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Salvador Dali is one of the most recognisable figures in modern art. His influence stretches right across the 20th century and still resonates today, in galleries, department stores, cinemas, on catwalks and television. As the most famous Surrealist artist he was fundamental in bringing the movement's message to mainstream culture.


In this exhibition you will see how Dali's unique vision unleashed comedy, sex and the unconscious. He was a master draftsman and a visionary painter. He was also a sculptor who transformed everyday objects into works of art. He created images the like of which had never been seen before and his work continues to confound and amaze today.


ABOUT THE SERIES
Four artists who changed our world
The life and enduring influence of Matisse, Picasso, Dali and Warhol explained and explored.

Modern Masters is a four-part television series detailing the life and work of four giants of 20th century art: Henri Matisse; Pablo Picasso; Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. During the course of the series, presenter and journalist, Alastair Sooke, explores why these artists are considered so important and examines how their influence can still be seen in our world today.

Salvador Dalí, The Persistence of Memory (1931...
Salvador Dalí, The Persistence of Memory (1931), Museum of Modern Art (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
About Alastair Sooke
Alastair Sooke is an arts journalist and broadcaster. He has written extensively on the arts for the Daily
 Telegraph and has been a contributor to a number of arts programmes, including The Culture Show on BBC Two.

He has interviewed many of the most celebrated artists in the world, including Anthony Caro, Gilbert & George, Antony Gormley, Richard Hamilton, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons, Steve

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