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Salvador Dalí Exhibition

Philadelphia Museum of Art - February 16 through May 15, 2005


Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), among the most influential artists of the 20th century, is the subject of the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition to be organized since the artist’s death and the first to be seen in the United States in more than 60 years.

Salvador Dalí embraces every aspect of his creative life as painter, writer, object-maker, designer of ballets and exhibitions, filmmaker, theorist and publicist. It includes more than 200 works, placing Dalí’s famous surrealist canvases of the 1920s and 1930s in context with his early and later work and reassessing his position in modern art.

The exhibition is composed of 150 paintings, the largest number of Dalí’s pictures ever to be assembled together, accompanied by sculpture, works on paper, photographs of the artist and a documentary section. These works are drawn from public and private collections in 14 countries.

Salvador Dalí is organized by the Palazzo Grassi, Venice and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in collaboration with the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, Figueres, Spain, which has commissioned a world-wide Dalí Centennial year of exhibitions and events. In the United States the retrospective exhibition is on view only in Philadelphia, from February 16 through May 15, 2005.

Since the artist’s death in 1989, Dalí has remained one of the best-known and most instantly recognizable artists in the world. His lasting importance has been much debated and discussed in recent years as exhibitions and scholarly studies have begun seriously to re-examine the breadth and intelligence of his work over seven decades.

The curatorial team for this project has built upon these insights to create a thorough account of Dalí’s art and ideas, while also exploring its impact on subsequent generations of artists. Surrealism has been the pre-eminent context for the understanding of Dalí’s work, and his relationship with this movement will be a significant focus within the exhibition.

Although often dismissed during his lifetime, Dalí’s late work had a strong impact on emerging artists in the 1960s and 1970s, reflected in the contemporary imagery of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Sigmar Polke, and Jeff Koons.

As Michael Taylor, the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and one of the contributing curators of the retrospective, said: "Dalí’s enormous impact on contemporary art has yet to be fully assessed. His late work, which embraced psychoanalysis, modern science and religious mysticism, redefined the boundaries of art, fashion, and popular culture in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. Our role as curators of the centennial retrospective is to give Dalí, the painter, writer, filmmaker, sculptor, mythmaker and performance artist, the proper recognition he deserves."

In Philadelphia, Salvador Dalí has been made possible in the United States by ADVANTA.

Additional funding has been provided by an endowment from The Annenberg Foundation for major exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, by The Pew Charitable Trusts, and by a generous contribution from Gisela and Dennis Alter. Promotional support provided by NBC 10 WCAU, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Amtrak. The print media sponsor is The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly.com.

The exhibition has been organized by Palazzo Grassi, Venice, with the Gala - Salvador Dalí Foundation, Figueres, Spain, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and with the support of the Salvador Dalí Museum of Saint Petersburg, Florida, in celebration of the centennial of Dalí's birth.

For further information about the Dalí centennial year exhibitions, celebrations, including a calendar of international events, commissioned by the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, visit www.dali2004.org.


Ticket prices for Salvador Dalí in Philadelphia include a complementary audio tour and a discounted rate for students who visit before April 2. For further ticket information, visit the Museum’s website at www.philamuseum.org. Service charges apply.

General ticket prices:

  • $20 Adults
  • $17 Seniors (62+), Students (with ID)
  • $10 Children 5-12 years old
  • Special student price (valid February 16-March 31): $12 ticket, includes audio tour. Weekdays on day of purchase (Not available in advance).
  • Special Weekday Afternoon Price
  • Discounted tickets are available for adults, seniors, students and youths on weekdays at 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. through March 31. Advance reservations available.

Special extended weekend hours for the exhibition will apply. Call 215-235-SHOW (7469).

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