Dali’s Disney film to screen at Tate Modern

Sixty years after its creation, a short animated film featuring the art of Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali will get its British debut.

Destino, a six-minute animated cartoon, will be screened at the Tate Modern gallery in London from June 1 to Sept. 9 as part of the exhibition Dali & Film.

The film was supposed to be a collaboration with Disney, but the project was abandoned when funding dried up, and it dropped out of sight.

Walt Disney's nephew Roy and a team of 25 animators resurrected the project in 2003 and their efforts earned them an Academy Award nomination for the completed version.

The film has previously screened in the U.S., France and Australia.

The film features images of a woman dancing through surreal scenes inspired by some of Dali's most iconic images. It was reconstructed from more than 100 story boards and paintings made by the artist.

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Having made Fantasia in 1940, Disney sought out Dali in an effort to raise animation to the status of high art.

Dali worked on the film for nine months in 1945 and 1946 before funding ran out as Disney turned his attention elsewhere.

Dali's love of cinema led him to make two short films with fellow Spaniard Luis Bunuel, Un Chien Andalou and L'Age d'Or.

Both will be screened at the exhibition, alongside the surreal dream sequence Dali created for Alfred Hitchcock's 1945 thriller Spellbound.

Dali is best-known for his hand-painted dream art. The images of melting clocks, elephants on stilts and human chests of drawers have become iconic.


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