"Le Surrealism c’est moi" (I am Surrealism!) was Dalí’s famous response to his expulsion from the Surrealist group, in 1934, by André Breton. Salvador Dalí (Figueras, 1904-1989), who nevertheless would still be considered one of the leading exponents of Surrealism, trained at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid and lived at the Residencia de Estudiantes with a group of promising writers and artists, among whom were Federico García Lorca, Luis Buñuel and Pepín Bello.
Born in the Ampurdán region of Catalonia, Dalí was a very talented painter, but he was also a real celebrity in other artistic spheres, such as writing, cinema and design, which cannot be understood without taking into account the creative project he conceived with Gala, with whom he would share his life from 1929. In the words of the Professor of Art History at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Estrella de Diego, the history of Salvador and Gala was not only about love and fascination; they were also business partners, and she was much more than the painter’s manager or model, “she was his mirror”.
In the three lectures, emphasis will be placed on first-hand testimonies through Dalí’s writings.