Because I seem to be in a story telling mood…
Although I’ve been down to New York City numerous times, I never managed to get to the Museum of Modern Art, fondly called the MoMA. I was finally able to wander its galleries last fall. Needless to say, I loved every moment and am looking forward to my next visit.
While looking through the pamphlet of exhibits, a piece I’ve loved for years grabs my attention. My friend and I meander our way through the galleries, taking our time to stop and enjoy everything. Okay, so we weren’t able to see everything, but we saw as much as we could in four hours. We had dinner and a play to catch, and Broadway doesn’t wait.
Eventually, I find myself in front of the painting I’ve wanted to see for so long. After taking it in slowly, with a chuckle I turn to my friend and say, “It’s small, very, very small”. Measuring 24 × 33 cm, it was smaller than I thought it would be. I wasn’t expecting 8 feet wide mind you, but the poster one could buy from the museum is larger than in actuality. It was an amusing moment.
A moment’s reflection
I was thrilled by the oil’s fluidity, colour, and imagery. I wanted to melt right into it, an absolutely exquisite feeling. I was enthralled by the painting that seemed to whisper, “Memory after time, and even time itself, bend and morph.” The darker hues in the lower right represented the past, and the upper lighter and brighter hues represented the future. Time itself is ticking, changing us. That’s my personal interpretation of Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory anyway.
The painting may be small, but it can have a gigantic impact and is probably one of his most famous works. This just goes to show that it isn’t the size that matters, but how it makes you feel.
Dalí Atomica series by Salvador Dali and Philippe Halsman