DALI – RAMON LLULL
Dali – DNA and immortality
At the end of 1963 the painter presented at the Knoedler Gallery in New York an exhibition whose key work was entitled
Homage to Crick and Watson
Francis Crick was a devotee of Aldous Huxley, and was introduced to Timothy Leary at some point after being invited to David Solomons house. Solomon was a friend of Leary.
Crick supposedly discovered DNA double helix while bombed on LSD.
For Dalí the function of that molecule was very clear: it is what lends us immortality. In the essay The Tragic Myth of the Millet’s “Angelus”, published in 1963, the painter explains: “Moral law must be of divine order, for even before it was set down on Moses’ tablets it was contained in the codes of the genetic spirals”.
This direct reference to DNA related that molecule with immortal life. Later, in his article “The immortality of genetic imperialism” Dalí referred us to science in order to explain immortal life once more, saying: “it (immortal life) is contained in deoxyribonucleic acid – nothing is more monarchical that a molecule of DNA”. According to Dalí, God’s laws were those of inheritance contained in deoxyribonucleic acid, and ribonucleic acid, RNA, was simply the messenger entrusted with transmitting the genetic code: “On Jacob’s ladder, each step is a DNA landing, and the angels going up and down are the RNA”.
Dalí was naturally not satisfied with being able to express those ideas through his theoretical writings or in his artistic work. That is why, whenever he got the chance, he liked to have them appear in his declarations to the media, in which he would repeat the word “deoxyribonucleic acid” tirelessly, leaving his interlocutors dumbfounded.
The discovery grew out of his interest in nuclear explosions as well as the Llullist logic cubes of thirteenth-century mystic Ramon Llull who manipulated language to prove Catholic “truths.”
RAMON LLULLS – A GREAT INSPIRATION TO SALVADOR DALI