The Surreal Work and Life of Salvador Dalí

The Surreal Work and Life of Salvador Dalí

One of the most enigmatic and interesting figures of the modern art world is being honored at the Centre Pompidou in Paris from now until March 25, 2013. As one of the most well-known modern art museums in the world, the Centre Pompidou is an appropriate place to showcase both the artistic work and the personality of the masterful Salvador Dalí.

The tradition of honoring Dalí at the Centre Pompidou goes back 30 years, with an initial retrospective of the artist's work taking place there from 1979 to 1980. Now, this new exhibition takes on not only the art of Dalí but also the man himself.

In the art world, Dalí drew criticism for his over-the-top personality and his affinity for monetary wealth. Much to the dismay of some of his peers, Dalí carefully crafted a celebrity image that he maintained through his numerous television and media appearances. What's more, Dalí often voiced his opinion on controversial political issues, drawing even more disapproval from certain people.

It is this controversial image that the Centre Pompidou hopes to highlight in its exhibition, simply titled 'Dalí.' And guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens can find out more about the life and art of Salvador Dalí during their trip to Paris.

Visitors can see some of the artist's most well-known works, including the Melting Watches piece, which was borrowed from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This piece joins 200 other works created using a myriad of different mediums.

The end result is an exhibit that is extraordinary in its ability to reveal the life's work of one of the most famous artists of our time. This is owing to both Dalí's artistic contributions as well as the unique character that he shared with the world -- and both of these things are currently on display at the Centre Pompidou.