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This catalogue records the exceptional assembly of paintings, drawings, sculptures, film and documents selected by four curators for a major show at the Centre Pompidou in Paris: every aspect of the career of Salvador Dalí is included in this broad retrospective dedicated to the master of surrealism—thirty years after the last major show in Paris devoted to him.
“Dalí today seems to be the most paradoxical of artists, explains Alfred Pacquement, director of the Beaubourg: both a creator of great masterpieces, in particular those from the 1930s, and a provocateur. His political positions earned him the hostility of his contemporaries. But perhaps it is precisely because of his contradictions that he is one of the most popular artists of the twentieth century.”
Michel Déon, a translator of Dali’s writings, had hoped that the artist would be judged by his work, and that is exactly the goal of this show.
Dalí loved to mix art and science, and bolstered by his famous paranoic-critical method anchored in the delirium of interpretation, he took on all aspects of creative life, including even universal knowledge.