May 1 - Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum presents over 200 of Salvador Dali's works in one of the largest retrospectives on the Spanish artist. Elly Park reports.
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An exhibit at the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid shows over 200 works by Salvador Dali in one of the broadest-ever retrospectives on the master of surrealism.
The show is organized into 11 sections in chronological order and includes some of his most famous works, such as this painting titled "The Persistence of Memory"of which Dali said was inspired by watching cheese liquify in scorching sun.
But it's not all about surrealism says curator Jean-Hubert Martin.
SOUNDBITE: Curator of the Centre Pompidou Jean-Hubert Martin, saying (English)
"The idea for this exhibition is to show Dali in the richness of his creation as an incredible talented inventor in many different fields. We have added all these different fields like the cinema where he was very active together with Bunuel and Hitchcock and other people."
Dali's love of show business and boastful declarations such as "Surrealism is me", alienated many.
But at the same time he is admired for his creative genius and is cited as an influence for artists such as Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons.
This exhibit explores Dali as a thinker, writer and creator and runs until early September.