History

Salvador Dali was an eccentric Spanish painter that understood how the media worked and used it to its full potential. Dali’s name is synonymous with the Surrealist art movement. Dali was a prolific artist, creating more than 1500 paintings during his life time and many works in other mediums, including prints, drawings, sculpture, book illustration, and theater set designs.

Salvador Dalí was born on the 11th of May, 1904 in the Spanish town of Figueres, Catalonia.

In 1922 Salvador Dali moved to Madrid to study painting at the Academy of Arts. Here he began to develop a reputation as an eccentric, attracting attention with his manner of dress, hairstyles, and comments on art.

Dali did not complete his final exams, and commented that those judging his work were not competent enough to grade him. Dali moved to Paris, France to pursue his career as an artist and to be amongst many of the most progressive artists of the time. It was here that Dali met Pablo Picasso. He also became involved with Andre Breton and the Surrealist art movement. Around this time he also created surreal works that would come to represent what Surrealism was to many people, with works like “The Great Masturbator” and the famous Dali melting clocks “The Persistence of Memory”.

Salvador Dali had a falling out with the Surrealists over politics and Dali’s behavior. Andre Breton nicknamed Dali “Avida Dollars” and was expelled from the Surrealist movement. Dali was quoted as saying “Surrealism is me”. Dali went on to become a great success in the United States.

Dali and his wife Gala spent 8 years in America, before returning to Catalonia in Spain. Salvador Dali was a wealthy artist during his lifetime. He understood how to attract media attention and paved the way for media savvy artists like, Andy Warhol. Dali had two museums dedicated to his life and work while he was still living.

Exhibitions

Temporary exhibition at Gala Dalí Castle in Púbol

This year’s temporary exhibition in Púbol is dedicated to the sculpture of Salvador Dalí and is entitled Retrospective bust of a woman. It will be open to the public from the 24th March 2015 until 6 January 2016. This is the first time that the Dalí Foundation has organised an exhibition dedicated to sculpture.

Dates: from 24th march 2015 until 6th January  2016.

Contact: Tel. +34 972 488 655 pubol@fundaciodali.org

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