Modern Art Monday Presents: Salvador Dali, Lobster Telephone

lobster telephone photo by gail worley
Photos By Gail

In 1938, Salvador Dali created Téléphone-homard (Lobster Telephone) by uniting a working Bakelite telephone with a plastic lobster.

lobster telephone rear photo by gail worley

In doing so, Dali made a modern communication device dysfunctional and dangerous, get playful. The crustacean’s tail, where its sexual organs are located, is placed directly over the phone’s mouthpiece.

lobster telephone photo by gail worley

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the Exhibit, Surrealism Beyond Borders.


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