Salvador Dali's Dream of Venus: The Surrealist Funhouse from the 1939 World's Fair

Salvador Dali s Dream of Venus The Surrealist Funhouse from the World s Fair Life Magazine wrote that one funhouse at the World s Fair stood out among the others Dal s Dream of Venus the creation of famed Surrealist painter Salvador Dal is the most recent addition to th

  • Title: Salvador Dali's Dream of Venus: The Surrealist Funhouse from the 1939 World's Fair
  • Author: Ingrid Schaffner Erich Schaal
  • ISBN: 9781568983592
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Life Magazine wrote that one funhouse at the 1939 World s Fair stood out among the others Dal s Dream of Venus, the creation of famed Surrealist painter Salvador Dal, is the most recent addition to the still growing list of amusement area girl shows and easily the most amazing Weird building contains a dry tank and a wet tank In the wet tank girls swim under water, milkLife Magazine wrote that one funhouse at the 1939 World s Fair stood out among the others Dal s Dream of Venus, the creation of famed Surrealist painter Salvador Dal, is the most recent addition to the still growing list of amusement area girl shows and easily the most amazing Weird building contains a dry tank and a wet tank In the wet tank girls swim under water, milk a bandaged up cow, tap typewriter keys which float like seaweed Keyboard of piano is painted on the recumbent female figure made of rubber In dry tanka sleeping Venus reclines in 36 foot bed, covered with white and red satin, flowers, and leaves Scattered about the bed are lobsters frying on beds of hot coals and bottles of champagne.All this is most amusing and interesting The building s modern, expressionistic exterior, with an entrance framed by a woman s legs, and shocking interior, including the bare breasted living liquid ladies who occupied the tanks, caused quite a stir The funhouse was so successful that it reopened for a second season, but once torn down it faded from memory and its outlandishness became the stuff of urban myth Now, than 60 years later, a collection of photographs of the Dream of Venus by Eric Schaal has been discovered In stunning black and white and early Kodachrome, they show both the construction and the completion of the funhouse from Dal painting a melting clock to showgirls parading for their audience Salvador Dal s Dream of Venus reveals not only an eccentric work of architecture, but also a one of a kind creation by one of the most fertile imaginations of the 20th century.

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    1. Came across this book by accident at one of my favourite bookstores Munros Books in Victoria. It is a treasure. The beautiful photography of long lost images of 1939 Worlds Fair, the history, and of course the brilliance of Dali, oh and Mermaids! I got lost in its world and sumptuous pages. A beautiful book.

    2. Review upon completion.Found while surfing for info on the 1939 World's Fair. Possible first seen on the Queens Museum of Art website. Queens Museum of Art - Salvador Dali's Dream of Venus

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