"Bleeding roses", portrait of a naked woman with bleeding roses on her belly, Dalí, 1930
© Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Bildrecht, Wien 2019

Inside the insights

London, autumn 1938. The first and only meeting between the legends Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dalí was arranged by Stefan Zweig and Edward James. A meeting that left deep tracks in art history. Dalí, a pioneer of Surrealism and ardent admirer of Freud, studied the latter's writings in the early 1920s. Influenced by his theories and perspectives, Dalí increasingly dealt with the poetics of Surrealism and subsequently developed his own unmistakable, new imagery, which went on to make him and his oeuvre world-famous. Dalí was regularly inspired by trendsetting encounters: In addition to Freud, his muses also included the poet Federico García Lorca, the filmmaker Luis Buñuel and the histologist and Nobel Prize winner Santiago Ramón y Cajal. The artist also dealt intensively and psychoanalytically with his youth, subsequently letting his findings flow into his art.  

Consciously experiencing the subconscious

Surrealism and psychoanalysis, two of perhaps the most important movements of the 20th century, meet each other in the exhibition "Freud - Dalí". Typical of both? – The subconscious and the dream play central roles here. The Lower Belvedere shows 150 positions of the great Surrealist, including paintings, sculptures, letters, periodicals, photographs, films and books, which support Freud's influence on Dalí's œuvre. Also presented are new research findings which are intended to show how surrealist art took up and cast light on the relationship between psyche and psychology.

Freud – Dalí

October 23, 2020 – March 7, 2021

Lower Belvedere, Orangery (Belvedere - Unteres Belvedere & Orangerie)

Rennweg 6, 1030 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0 €
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • ( Door  90  cm  wide )
        Rennweg 6
      • Ramp 600  cm  long , 200  cm  high
    • Elevator available
      • 140 cm wide and 90 cm low
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tours for groups in Austrian sign language and for the visually impaired (tactile tours).
      Reduced admission for persons with special needs and their escorts.

    • Comments

      Lower Belvedere Shop & Orangerie: no steps

      Orangery entrance: wheelchair access via link corridor from Lower Belvedere to the Orangery, 2 single, paned doors (each 131 cm wide). Wheelchair-accessible restroom in the Orangery.

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