Centre Pompidou, Paris
November 21 – March 25, 2013
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
01 44 78 12 33

More than thirty years after the Centre Pompidou hosted the 1979 retrospective devoted to the work of Salvador Dali, the show remains the most successful exhibition in the history of the institution. And once again, the Centre Pompidou is paying tribute to one of the most complex and prolific artists of the 20th century.

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 larger-than-life persona, in turns genial and grotesque, is so intricately woven. Over two hundred works (paintings, sculptures, drawings, etc.) are presented, including some of his most revered masterpieces: 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 also offers 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”.

Finally, the retrospective also shows the countless ephemeral works created by Dali in front of an audience or a camera, which made him a precursor of performance art and happenings.