Salvador Dali Wanted Materialist Religion to Destroy Christianity and Enslave Non-Whites

The Torygraph has published a piece today revealing that a letter has come to light from the Surrealist painter Salvador Dali from the 1930s, in which he reveals just what an anti-Christian, fascist sympathiser he really was. It dates from 1935. Dali had already been suspended from the Surrealists the year before because of comments praising Hitler, amongst other things. In a nasty bit of social snobbery he said that the train crashes he most enjoyed were those in which only third-class passengers were killed. The Torygraph article also states that in another letter in which he claimed that one of the reasons why he was expelled from the Surrealists 1939 was his positive view of the lynchings in America. He loved Hitler, was fascinated by the Swastika and apparently thought the Nazi party were an example of Surrealism in action.

Uggh. Pass the sick bag!

The Torygraph article begins

Salvador Dalí wanted to enslave races he considered inferior and establish a new “sadistic” world religion, a newly-discovered letter has revealed. 

In the letter, which was written by Dalí in 1935, the artist proposed the enslavement of “all the coloured races” as part of a new world order that would be “anti-Christian and materialistic, based on the progress of science”. 

“The domination or submission to slavery of all the coloured races” could be possible, Dalí wrote, “if all whites united fanatically”. He also insisted on the need for “human sacrifices”. 

As Europe was threatened by the fascist regimes of Hitler in Germany and Mussolini in Italy, Dalí’s letter to André Breton, the French writer and co-founder of the surrealist movement, speaks of the need for “new hierarchies, more brutal and strict than ever before” to “annihilate” Christianity. 

“I believe that we surrealists are finally turning into priests,” Dalí wrote.

Scornful of Christianity’s “altruism”, he added: “We don’t want happiness for ‘all’ men, rather the happiness of some to the detriment of others”. 

The letter was recently discovered in the digitalised personal archive of Sebastià Gasch, an art critic from Barcelona who died in 1982. It was published on Thursday by Spain’s El Pais newspaper.’

For the complete article, go to: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/music/salvador-dali-wanted-to-enslave-non-white-races-and-create-new-sadistic-religion-letter-reveals/ar-AA11lIAc?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531&cvid=6310a88ab5f4477185b311aaebce1ed5

Dali scarpered to American during the War, returning afterwards to Spain as a supporter of the Fascist leader, General Franco.

Dali was a great artist but a revolting human being. He was greedy for fame and money, which is why some of the other Spanish Surrealists nicknamed him ‘Avida Dollars’. Malcolm McLaren presented a programme on him on Radio 4 a few years ago, in which he compared the publicity-hungry, media-savvy Dali with contemporary British artists like Damian Hurst and Tracey Emin. Well, Dali did share with Hurst, Emin and the rest of the Young British Artists the urge to shock as well as the pursuit of fame and cash, but YBAs, for all their excesses can never be accused of Nazism. Dali also wasn’t averse to selling his friends out to the authorities. Dali emigrated to America with Luis Bunuel, who also hailed from Catalonia. The two had worked together on the Surrealist films Un Chien Andalou and L’Age d’Or, both now regarded as classics of cinema. Surrealism was a mixture of Freudianism and Marxism, and many of the Surrealists were members of the Communist party. Bunuel was one of them. On arrival in the Land of the Free, Dali snitched that Bunuel was a commie to the FBI, and made little effort to excuse himself for doing so when Bunuel confronted him on his betrayal. Bunuel himself emigrated to Mexico where he continued to make Surrealist, anti-Christian films.

I’m fascinated by the Surrealists and love Dali’s art, but the man himself is quite a different matter. I can well believe, despite his later conversion to the Catholicism, that at heart he was an atheist with a hatred of the religion to which he nominally belonged. I didn’t realise he was so racist, however. This was definitely against the Surrealist ethos, which was firmly against imperialism, but patronised the world’s indigenous peoples as seeing their art and culture based as based on the Freudian unconscious. This was the respectable scientific view at the time, but modern anthropologists have rejected it. Instead they see indigenous art and culture as the products of centuries or millennia of conscious intellectual development and no more based on the irrational or Freudian unconscious than our own.

As one of the best known of the Surrealists, Dali is a fascinating figure and he painted some of the greatest works of 20th century art. But as this letter shows, he was in many ways a squalid human being.

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7 Responses to “Salvador Dali Wanted Materialist Religion to Destroy Christianity and Enslave Non-Whites”

  1. trev Says:

    Dali was insane. Besides which the Nazis had a very rigid view of what should constitute Art, and despised anything other than Realism. They definitely didn’t approve of Surrealism or Dada, hated anything abstract, Modern or Avant-garde and termed all such Art “Degenerate”, probably because it was subversive and judged to be transgressive because it didn’t conform to the dominant cultural notions of what constituted ‘Art’.

    • beastrabban Says:

      You’re right – the Nazis didn’t like modern art, and definitely not surrealism or Dada. Dali’s paintings would undoubtedly have been banned as ‘degenerate’. Dali was undoubtedly ‘touched in the head’, as they used to say, but some of the biographies of him I’ve read have stated that it was half and half. He was bonkers, but not as much as he made out. Much of it was a performance.

  2. Mark Pattie Says:

    I didn’t realise he was such an evil bastard! Although perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised, as Franco was himself a devout Catholic (I know, I’ve gone full DUP, but I had to make the point). I suspect he would’ve fit right in with “Dick” Spencer, Savitri Devi, or even modern day Saudi Wahabis perhaps.
    Speaking of the Torygraph, anything from A Certain YouTube Historian on this? He’d be in a frothing rage if it was a Black or Pakistani artist who wanted to destroy Christianity and enslave Europeans, Indians or Chinese people.

    • beastrabban Says:

      The Nazis would have despised him, as you say. I don’t actually know how evil Dali was – he was unpleasant, but I wonder how much he said was simply to cause outrage and shock simply for the sake of it. As for the attitude of A Certain YouTube Historian, he’s said zilch about this, probably because, as you said, it’s not a Black or Asian talking about destroying Christianity and enslaving people.

  3. Brian Burden Says:

    Bunuel also returned to Spain for a while when the Franco regime invited him back to make a film.
    The result was Viridiana, which features the rape of a nun and was promptly banned in Spain! Dali was such an oddball that he escaped serious censure for his views. I believe he once said that he admired Hitler because of, not in spite of, his atrocities. Although a Bunuel collection is available on DVD, it does not include Viridiana, which suggests that distributors share Franco’s opinion!

    • beastrabban Says:

      Interesting! I was sure Viridiana has been shown on TV along with some of Bunuel’s other flicks. I remember that ‘The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie’ was shown one Christmas while I was at secondary school, all that time ago.
      One person who didn’t like Dali was George Orwell, who attacked him in his piece ‘Benefit of Clergy’. He charged that Dali was getting away with otherwise reprehensible behaviour because he had the get-out clause of being an artist. Which is obviously correct. He also seriously sexually assaulted one of the models he was painting, telling her afterwards that the only reason he didn’t penetrate her was because he ‘faithful to Gala’. A really disgusting individual, but a great artist.

  4. Que? Says:

    Dali sounds like H.P. Lovecraft in terms of his racism.

    I really didn’t know he was that much of a vile person.

    However, the saying, ‘love the art, hate the artist’, seems apt when it comes to Dali (and H.P. Lovecraft).

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