Salvador Dali, Preparatory drawing for short film Destino, In cooperation with Walt Disney,   1946.

Salvador Dali, Preparatory drawing for short film Destino, In cooperation with Walt Disney, 1946.

Destino was initially a collaboration between Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney. The project began in 1945 and was finally completed 58 years later. Production ceased due to Disney’s financial problems in the WWII era. In 1999 Disney’s nephew Roy E. Disney unearthed the project and decided to bring it back to life by hiring a team of French animators to produce the film based on Dalí’s notes and storyboards. It was finally released in 2003.

Who would have thought that Dali, the artist of dead animals, skulls, and horrific monsters, could work together with the all-American promoter of family values and happily-ever-after? It seems they had more in common than meets the eye. Their differences are nicely summed up in their personal descriptions of the plot of “Destino”:  Dalí described it as “A magical display of the problem of life in the labyrinth of time.” Walt Disney said it was “A simple story about a young girl in search of true love.”


The Annunciation. Maurice Denis. 1913.

The Annunciation. Maurice Denis. 1913.

Maurice Denis’ painting radiates light, joy, and positivity. Feeling a bit like this today :)


It’s been a full moon weekend so here’s some moon-themed art:

1. A beautiful mezzotint by Japanese artist Yozo Hamaguchi. I don’t know for sure what the fruit and veg are supposed to represent, but I like to see it as a lemon moon and corn clouds. What do you see?


Corn. Yozo Hamaguchi. 1959.

2. Dancing in the Moonlight by Thin Lizzy.


Molly Peacock — Desire

It doesn’t speak and it isn’t schooled,
like a small foetal animal with wettened fur.
It is the blind instinct for life unruled,
visceral frankincense and animal myrrh.
It is what babies bring to kings,
an eyes-shut, ears-shut medicine of the heart
that smells and touches endings and beginnings
without the details of time’s experienced part-
. Like a paw,
it is blunt; like a pet who knows you
and nudges your knee with its snout—but more raw
and blinder and younger and more divine, too,
than the tamed wild—it’s the drive for what is real,
deeper than the brain’s detail: the drive to feel.


Girl Reading on Sofa. Ceri Richards. 1947.

Girl Reading on Sofa. Ceri Richards. 1947.

The Sound of Silence

The German philosopher Immanuel Kant once said, “There are two things that don’t have to mean anything in order to give us very deep pleasure: one is music and the other is laughter”

But what is music? Can silence be music? Can the sound of traffic be music?

John Cage said: “The sound experience I prefer to all others is the experience of silence… If you listen to Bethoven or Mozart you see that it’s always the same, but if you listen to traffic you see that it’s always different”

With his composition 4’33” Cage proved that there’s no such thing as silence and he put forward the theory that all silence is music.

Play this video and listen to the sounds around you for four minutes and thirty-three seconds. Repeat as many times as you want, you will hear a different song each time.

I hear: a faraway sound of a cooing pigeon, the wind, the phone ringing in the flat upstairs, a car speeding past, a gate closing downstairs, another gate slamming, a crashing sound (what is that?), a bird singing, voices coming from downstairs, a car screeching, and the pigeon is still cooing… This is the music of a Thursday morning in Tarragona.

What do you hear?

Elsa Schiaparelli: Fashion Meets Surrealism

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Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) was the first designer to explore irony in fashion. She stands out for her sense of humour and wild imagination, which have made her one of the most influential fashion designers of her time. Schiaparelli’s designs are not only humorous but also thought provoking. She was, above all, an artist. Coco Chanel –her biggest rival– referred to her as ‘that Italian artist who makes clothes’.

Modern art, particularly Surrealism and Dadaism, were a great source of inspiration to her and she did many collaborations with artists of these movements, including Salvador Dalí and Jean Cocteau.

The Tears Dress, one of her collaborations with Dalí, is a beautiful evening gown in pale blue and magenta. The fabric is a trompe l’oeil print of rips and tears, designed to give the illusion of torn animal flesh worn inside out.

This year Christian Lacroix will be unveiling the 15-piece collection which he’s designed for the house of Schiaparelli in honor of her legacy. His designs wil be reinterpretations of her most famous creations, so it should definitely be something to look out for!

Tears Dress designed in collaboration with Salvador Dalí. Part of her 1938 Circus Collection.

Tears Dress designed in collaboration with Salvador Dalí. Part of her 1938 Circus Collection.

The original "Shoe Hat" designed in collaboration with Salvador Dalí, 1937.

The original “Shoe Hat” designed in collaboration with Salvador Dalí, 1937.


Jacket designed in collaboration with Jean Cocteau for the Autumn collection of 1937

Gloves designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, 1935.

Gloves designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, 1935.

Schiaparelli's surreal giant fly brooch.

Schiaparelli’s surreal giant fly brooch.

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Schiaparelli’s “Eye” hat. 1950.