Salvador Dalí and Igor Stravinsky

Audio Sept. 21, 2021
A large drawing of a man wrestling with a minotaur in a surrealistic style
Salvador Dalí, Theseus and the Minotaur, set of three stage curtains, 1941-1942, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of Leon Falk, Jr.
Pulcinella was my discovery of the past, the epiphany through which the whole of my late work became possible.
Igor Stravinsky, from Expositions and Developments, published by University of California Press, 1959

The Ballets Russes had an extensive and revolutionary history of collaborating with artists and composers including Salvador Dalí and Igor Stravinsky. Dalí created backdrops, costumes, and curtains, for his spell-binding production of Labyrinth—the mythical adventure of Theseus and Ariadne staged at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House. Twenty years earlier, Stravinsky composed Pulcinella at the request of Ballets Russes ground-breaking founder, Sergei Diaghilev. Read more about Dalí’s curtain and other important works in Carnegie Museum of Art’s new collection handbook available now at the museum store.

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