"Dalí" at the Centre Pompidou in Paris

From November 21, 2012 to March 25, 2013
  • Self-portrait with Raphael’s neck, c. 1921 Oil on canvas – 40.5 x 53 cm Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres

    Self-portrait with Raphael’s neck, c. 1921 Oil on canvas – 40.5 x 53 cm Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres

    © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Adagp, Figueres, Paris, 2012

  • Persistance de la mémoire [Persistence of Memory], 1931 Oil on canvas - 24 x 33 cm Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA

    Persistance de la mémoire [Persistence of Memory], 1931 Oil on canvas - 24 x 33 cm Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA

    © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Adagp, Paris 2012

  • Aurore, midi, après-midi et crepuscule [Dawn, midday, afternoon and dusk], 1979 Oil on plywood - 122 x 244 cm Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres

    Aurore, midi, après-midi et crepuscule [Dawn, midday, afternoon and dusk], 1979 Oil on plywood - 122 x 244 cm Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres

    © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Adagp, Figueres, Paris 2012

  • Dali and Gala in his Paris apartment, 1932 Image rights of Gala and Salvador Dalí reserved.

    Dali and Gala in his Paris apartment, 1932 Image rights of Gala and Salvador Dalí reserved.

    © Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2012

"Dalí" at the Centre Pompidou in Paris 19 Rue Beaubourg 75004 Paris fr

The Centre Pompidou pays tribute to one of the most complex and prolific artists of the 20th century: Salvador Dali. More than thirty years after it was hosted by the institution, the 1979 retrospective devoted to his work remains the most successful exhibition in the history of the Centre Pompidou.

Dali is one of the undisputed masters in the history of modern art and one of its most popular figures at the same time. A highly controversial artist, his theatricality and greed (his nickname was “Avida Dollars”) as well as his provocative political stances were often derided. This new exhibition does not shy away from the sheer impact of his work to which his own largerthan-life persona, in turns genial and grotesque, is so intricately woven.

Over two hundred works (paintings, sculptures, drawings, etc.) are presented in a succession of chronological thematic themed sections:

  • the dialogue between the artist’s eye and brain and those of the viewer;
  • the pioneer of performance art, creating ephemeral works of art and manipulating the media as someone who considered art as a global means of communication;
  • questioning the figure (persona) of the artist in the face of tradition.

Among the masterpieces presented in Paris are some of Dali’s most revered icons: The Persistence of Memory (Melting watches), 1931, Le Grand Masturbateur, 1929, Le Spectre du Sex appeal, 1934 as well as L’Énigme sans fin, 1938. The exhibition will also offer the opportunity to discover more than a hundred works on paper, objects, projects for stage and screen, films, photographs and excerpts from television
programmes that reflect the intense activity of the artist turned “showman”.

The retrospective maps out the whole body of work and casts light on Dali’s character through a remarkable selection of major works, thanks to a very close collaboration with the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia

Opening times

  • Exhibition open every day from 11 am to 9 pm, except Tuesdays
  • Special late night opening every day (except Tuesdays) until 11 pm.
  • Open Sundays at 9.30 am for visitors with tickets purchased on-line and Centre Pompidou members.

Admission fees and rates

  • 11 to 13 euros, dependingon the period
  • reduced rate: 9 to 10 euros
  • Valid on day of issue for the national museum of modern art and all exhibitions

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