If there’s one thing that would finally influence me to sign up for a membership at The Art Institute of Chicago, it’s an exciting exhibition. For me, it was “Salvador Dalí: The Image Disappears.”
It just so happened that the members-only debut was on my birthday this year. I decided to sign up for a membership, which would not only allow me to see this exhibition before the general public but also give me something to do over the course of a year without spending more money.
By the way, a membership is $115 a year for the basic member level.
This is the first exhibition devoted to the Spanish surrealist artist. According to the Art Institute, it contains, “30 paintings, drawings, photos, and surrealist objects, as well as a rich selection of printed matter, books, and artists ephemera.”
Salvador Dalí’s wife, Gala, was often the subject of his work, including these tiny pieces, which were displayed behind glass. Apparently he carried this tiny painting on his body when he traveled.
The exhibition is located in the modern wing, second floor. To save time, join the virtual queue as soon as possible so that you can wander the vast halls admiring incredible works. Perhaps my favorite piece was “Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in Their Arms the Skins of an Orchestra,” 1936. Sadly, I didn’t get a photo. I was too captivated.
While the room where the exhibition is housed is not huge, it took quite a bit of time to walk through it and take time to really view the art. The theme of Disappering Acts was apparent throughout the works from this period in Dalí‘s life.
Be sure to see the exhibition before the last date, which is June 12, 2023. It was crowded when we visited, so I recommend going during a weekday and taking your time to see everything.
Tip: Coat check is located downstairs in the modern wing, near the back entrance/exit.
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