Salvador Dali – “The Persistence of Memory” – 1931

The Pompidou Center pays tribute to Salvador Dali, one of the greatest figures of 20th century art. Often criticized for his theatricality, his love of money and his provocative stances on political issues, Dalí is not only one of the most controversial and complex modern artists but also the most popular and prolific. This unprecedented exhibition sets out to showcase the full power of his genius and the part his outrageous personality played in it.

Among the masterpieces exhibited, visitors will have the opportunity to rediscover iconic works, including the artist’s most famous canvas, “The Persistence of Memory”, more commonly called “Melting Watches”. This exceptional loan from MOMA joins a selection of major works brought together for this retrospective thanks to a close collaboration with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, and a joint contribution from the Fundació Dalí in Figueres and the Dali Museum in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

With more than two hundred paintings, sculptures and drawings, augmented by films, TV clips and photographs, the aim is to present not only the work but to put the provocative clownishness of the artist in proper context.  The exhibition demonstrates that his attempts to “Dalinise” the world were the acts of a pioneer full of humor, a shrewd artist-performer and a great media manipulator who considered art a global act of communication.   Blending art and science, treating all areas of creative activity as knowledge, ultimately Dalí created a body of work unlike any other that questions the fine artist’s persona and rebels against its traditions.

Exhibition Official Site
Pompidou Center
(Centre Pompidou)
Place Georges Pompidou
75004 Paris, France
(1) 44-78-12-33

November 21, 2012 through March 25, 2013

Visiting Hours:

Open daily except Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
No admission after 8 p.m.


€13 for a ticket to the permanent collection and special exhibition.
€10 for visitors from 18 to 25 years of age.
Free admission for all visitors under 18 years of age.
Free admission for all EU visitors under 26 years of age.
Free admission for everyone on the first Sunday of each month and on July 14.  (Free admission does not include access to special temporary exhibitions).
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