Mae West's Face Used As a Surrealist Apartment


Salvador Dalí did this work on a newspaper photo of the actress Mae West, an icon of the twenties. For Dalí, she represented a feminine model of beauty. Using his paranoiac-critical method, the artist creates a realistic scene from the photograph of the actress. Her facial features become furniture and ornamental motives. In 1974, the project of the Mae West room was developed, with the collaboration of the architect Oscar Tusquests. The collage was used as inspiration, using images to represent the eyes, a chimney that symbolizes the nose, the iconic sofa lip, and a blond hair wig that works as the apartment curtains. The room can be visited at in Figueres, Spain.

Dalí Theatre-Museum

Plaça Gala i Salvador Dalí, 5, 17600

Figueres, Girona, Spain