Salvador Dali: In Search Of Immortality (He Found It)
Seeking to transcend the bounds of normalcy is human. Which is interesting considering those that claim to dedicate their lives to it also claim to be something greater than a human. A celebrity. A rocker. An artist. A meth peddler who bathes regularly.
The sick, sad truth is that even though everyone is aware that these people are nothing more than children who did not get enough or got too many hugs, desperately clasping at any form of validation, we all participate in their deification, because not everyone can reach that zenith of self-delusion, but being in a world with veritable gods is somehow more palatable to an adult brain than clapping to keep Tinkerbell alive.
On the upside of this weird worshipful relationship, we don’t need to interpret burn marks on a piece of toast to confirm the existence of our divine betters. We have them on film.
Enter: Salvador Dali: In Search of Immortality (a film screening).
A fascinating journey through the life and work of Salvador Dalí, and also of Gala, his muse and collaborator. It starts in 1929, a crucial year in Dalí’s career and life, as he joined the surrealist group and met Gala, and advances until the year of the artist’s death in 1989.
Contemplating Salvador Dalí himself, Gala, a tour of his creations, family approaches and distancing, all through images and documents, some of them unpublished, brings us closer to a painter who has managed to create a character that is a work of art itself. With this documentary we can go beyond the character and approach the painter and the man, and the spaces conceived by him that have helped to shape his immortality, the immortality of a genius.
He is the drug, he is the hallucinogenic.
And he never instructed anyone to murder their son, drink grape flavoured poison or consume vast quantities of hydrated chia seed to prove their fealty.
It’s 2020 and we have a gamut of gods.