The Artist
Dali’s Chronology
The Artist
Dali’s Chronology

pre-Dalí • 1886-1903

1886 

Salvador Dalí’s paternal grandfather, Gal Josep Dalí, suffers from paranoia and commits suicide at age 36 – possibly linked to “Tramontana” winds.

1903 

  • Salvador Galo Anselmo Dalí dies in August at age 22 months of infectious gastro-enteritic cold (born Oct.12, 1901).

childhood • 1904-1913

1904 

  • Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech is born in Figueres, Spain on May 11, in the district of Girona in Catalonia.  He is the son of Salvador Dalí i Cusí (b. 1872), a notary, and Felipa Domènech i Ferrés (b. 1874).

1908   

  • Sister Anna María is born (May).
  • Dalí languishes for two years in Señor Estaban Trayter’s Municipal Kindergarten class.

1910 

  • Changes to Colegio Hispano-Francés de la Imaculada Concepción.

 

early period • 1914-1926

1916

  • Dalí begins his education at a private secondary school conducted by the Brothers of the Marist Order in Figueres.
  • Spends holiday with Pitxot family at their Molí de la Torre (Mill Tower).
  • Studies drawing under Professor Juan Núñez at the Municipal Drawing School in Figueres.

1918

  • In December, the City of Figueres presents exhibit of works by Dalí and two other artists arranged by Dalí’s father in the town theater, now the Teatre-Museu Dalí.
  • Experiments with Impressionism and Pointillism.

1919 

  • Contributes articles and illustrations to the local review Studium, a magazine started with his friends, later published by the Institute of Figueres.

1921

  • Dalí’s mother dies of cancer of the uterus on February 6 at age 47.
  • Pepito Pitxot dies in July at age 52.

1922  

1924  

  • Continues art classes at Julio Moises Academia Libre.
  • From May 30 – June 11, imprisoned in Girona by the Primo de Rivera dictatorship for alleged subversion (actually reprisal against father).
  • Illustrates Les Bruixes de Llers by C. Fages de Climent.
  • Returns to the San Fernando Academy in autumn.
  • André Breton publishes his Surrealist Manifesto, beginning of surrealist movement.

1925

  • Lorca spends Easter in Cadaqués with Dalí family.
  • Makes numerous contributions to Gaseta de les artes and receives considerable local notice as a leading young Catalan painter.
  • November 14 – 27, Dalí’s first one-man show is held at the Dalmau Gallery in Barcelona.

1926   

  • First trip to Paris on April 11 during Easter break with his aunt (stepmother) and his sister, Anna María, where he visits Pablo Picasso and the Louvre.
  • Lorca writes “Ode to Salvador Dalí” in April.
  • Expelled on June 23 from the San Fernando Royal Academy for refusal to take his final examination on grounds that he knows more than the professors who would quiz him.
  • Second one-man exhibition held at the Dalmau Gallery from December 31, 1926 – January 14, 1927.

 

anti-art • 1927-1928

1927   

  • On February 1, Dalí is called to the Castle of San Fernando to do nine months military service.
  • Collaborates regularly on the journal L’Amic de les Arts in which his first major written work “Saint Sebastian” appears on July 31.
  • Visited by Joan Miró and Pierre Loeb on September 1.
  • Paints first experimental canvas, Honey is Sweeter than Blood.

1928

  • Executes a series of gravel collages revealing the influence of Juan Gris, Picasso, Max Ernst, Joan Miró, Jean Arp, and other contemporaries.
  • Publishes the Manifest Groc (“Yellow Manifesto”) in Sitges, Spain, in March with Lluís Montanyà and Sebastià Gasch, criticizing the Catalan avant-garde.
  • In September, friendship with Lorca cools after Dalí severely criticizes Romancero Gitano.
  • Participates in the October Annual International Exhibition of Paintings at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, exhibiting Basket of Bread.  First Dalí oil painting to be seen in the USA.
  • In November, Dalí proclaims he is a surrealist in the Madrid newspaper Estampa, although he had not met the Surrealist group.

 

surrealism • 1929-1940

1929  

  • In January, works with Buñuel on scenario for Un Chien Andalou.
  • Dalí’s second trip to Paris in April.  Participates in filming Un Chien Andalou.
  • Miró introduces Dalí to the Dadaists and the Surrealist group.  Stays in Paris through June 2.
  • Contributes seven articles to L’Amic de les Arts, including “Review of Antiartistic Tendencies,” a veritable defense of La Révolution surréaliste, in which Dalí takes a strong stand against all academicism.
  • In August, Dalí is visited in Cadaqués by members of the surrealist group including Paul Éluard and Gala Éluard, René Magritte, gallery owner Camille Goemans, and Buñuel.
  • During visit, Dalí meets Gala Éluard (b. Helena Diakanoff Devulina in Kazan on August 26, 1894), who will become his lover, muse and inspiration.
  • Paints first surrealist canvas, Lugubrious Game.
  • Un Chien andalou is shown at Ursulines Film Studio in Paris “amid much scandal and sensation.”
  • In November, Dalí’s first one-man show in Paris takes place at Goeman’s Gallery.
  • Early December, Dalí is expelled from the family home when he and his father have heated argument.

1930

  • Is published in the magazine Le Surréalisme au service de la revolution a long poem-manifesto, “L’Ane pourri,” in which he expounds his theory of the paranoiac process of thought.
  • Writes and illustrates La Femme visible (Edition Surréalistes, Paris), dedicated to Gala.
  • Collaborates with Buñuel on the scenario of L’Age d’Or.  Dalí and Buñuel argue, leaving Buñuel to finish film.  Shown at Studio 28 in Paris, it causes a scandal when the League of Patriots and others riot in protest against the film, destroying many surrealist works exhibited in the lobby.

1931

1932

  • Persistence of Memory is first exhibited in a Surrealist retrospective at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York.
  • Writes scenario, Babaouo, which was never filmed.  This work contained a critique on the cinema and an essay on William Tell.
  • Pierre Colle Gallery presents one-man show.

1933  

  • Collectors and friends form “The Zodiac Group,” whose purpose is to subsidize the Catalan artist.
  • Julian Levy Gallery organizes Dalí’s first one-man show in New York.
  • Dalí continues to collaborate with the magazines Le Surréalisme au service de la revolution and Minotaure.
  • His first Surrealist works shown in Spain, Galerie Catalane in Barcelona.

1934

  • Gala and Dalí marry in a civil ceremony.
  • Dalí’s first one-man show in London is held at the Zwemmer Gallery.
  • Dalí put on trial by the surrealists for his obsession with Hitler and unflattering portrayal of Lenin.  Although not banished, he continues as a peripheral member of the group.
  • He produces 42 etchings to illustrate Les Chants de Maldoror by Comte de Lautréamont for Albert Skira.
  • Dalí and Gala make their first trip to New York with the financial assistance of Picasso, and his series of special illustrations of the city appears in the American Weekly from February to July.
  • Holds “Surrealist Dream Ball” at Coq Rouge, New York.  Scandal erupts in connection to Gala’s costume, accused of distasteful reference to Lindbergh baby.

1935  

  • Julian Levy publishes the Conquest of the Irrational in New York and Paris.  This major essay expounds his “Paranoiac-critical method,” a “spontaneous method of irrational knowledge based on the interpretive-critical association of delirious phenomena.”
  • Dalí lectures at the Museum of Modern Art on “Surrealist Paintings and Paranoiac Images.”
  • Has exhibit at Julien Levy Gallery on Madison Avenue in New York.

1936

  • Dalí gives lecture in diving suit on the occasion of the International Surrealist Exhibition in London.
  • Spanish Civil War forces Dalí to leave Spain.
  • Signs contract with the English collector Edward F. W. James whose patronage subsidizes Dalí’s career through 1938.
  • Dalí appears on the cover of Time magazine in December.
  • Lorca is murdered by Falangelist soldiers in Granada and buried in unmarked grave.

1937  

1938

  • Dalí introduced to Freud by Stefan Zweig in London.
  • He participates in the International Surrealist Exhibition in Paris in January, then drifts away from the Surrealist Movement asserting “L’Surréalisme-c’est moi!”
  • Briefly visits Spain after the Civil War.
  • Designs sets and costumes for ballet Bacchanale.

1939

 

america • 1940-1948

1940   

  • Following the German occupation, the Dalís flee Arcachon, France.
  • Reconciles with father before leaving for America.
  • Takes the S. S. Excambion from Lisbon to the United States.  Remains in exile in the United States until 1948, traveling between New York, Hampton Manor in Virginia, and his studio in Pebble Beach, California.

1941

  • Exhibits at the Julian Levy Gallery in New York, the Art Club of Chicago, and the Dalzell Hatfield Gallery in Los Angeles.
  • First major retrospective exhibition is held at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in conjunction with a show of Miró.  The Museum of Modern Art exhibit travels to Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, and other cities from 1941-1942.
  • Attacked by Breton in Artistic Genesis and Perspectives of Surrealism.
  • Designs libretto, costumes and sets for the ballet Labyrinth.
  • Designs first jewels in collaboration with Duke of Vendura.

1942  

1943   

  • A. Reynolds & Eleanor Morse (donors of the St. Petersburg Museum collection) purchase their first Dalí painting, Daddy Longlegs of the Evening–Hope!
  • Creates the first series of jewels for the Duke de Verdura. (1941?)
  • Dalí exhibits portraits of American personalities at the Knoedler Gallery in New York.
  • Completes studies for three murals for New York apartment of Helena Rubenstein.
  • Begins period of commercial advertising projects.

1944 

1945

  • Publishes Dalí News for his exhibition at the Bignou Gallery in New York.
  • Paints The Basket of Bread, an Eucharistic version of his 1926 canvas.
  • Illustrates The Maze by Maurice Sandoz and the dust jacket for an anthology on demonology entitled Speak of the Devil.
  • Develops interest in nuclear physics.

1946  

1947

  • Cleveland Museum of Art organizes Dalí retrospective in which 11 paintings from the Morse collection are exhibited.
  • Publishes second Dalí News for second exhibition at the Bignou Gallery.

 

classic / nuclear-mysticism • 1948-1958

1948  

  • Dalí returns to Spain.  Is reconciled again with his father.
  • Publishes 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship.
  • Designs sets and costumes for As You Like It by Shakespeare at the Eliseo Theater in Rome; designs for Peter Brook’s Salome.

1949 

  • Produces Leda Atomica and first large-sized canvas, Madonna of Port Lligat, measuring 12′ x 8′.
  • Audience with the Pope to whom he gives smaller version of Madonna of Port Lligat.
  • Anna Maria Dalí publishes Salvador Dalí as Seen by His Sister.

1950   

1951

  • Writes The Mystical Manifesto to explain his nuclear mysticism.
  • Paints Christ of St. John of the Cross.
  • Dalí and Gala attend Besteigui Ball in Venice dressed as 7 meter giants.

1952 

  • Dalí and Gala travel to Iowa, Missouri, Texas, and Florida where Dalí gives a series of lectures on nuclear mysticism.
  • Exhibits Assumpta Corpuscularia Lapislazulina at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York.
  • Controversy over Glasgow Museum’s acquisition of Christ of St. John of the Cross. 

1953 

  • Writes scenario for movie The Flesh Wheelbarrow at the Del Monte Lodge in California.  The film was never made.

1954 

  • Dalí works with Robert Descharnes on a still unfinished film entitled The Prodigious Story of the Lacemaker and the Rhinoceros.
  • Holds exhibits in Rome, Venice and Milan, where he shows, among other works, 102 watercolors illustrating The Divine Comedy by Dante.
  • Publishes Dalí’s Mustache with photographer Philippe Halsman.

1955

  • Gives lecture at the Sorbonne in Paris on “The Phenomenological Aspects of the Paranoiac-Critical Method” concerning rhinoceros’s horns and Vermeer’s Lacemaker.

1956   

  • The Sacrament of the Last Supper is exhibited at the National Gallery in Washington on loan from the Chester Dale Collection.
  • Large retrospective exhibition opens at Knokke-le-Zoute, Belgium.
  • Writes treatise “Dalí on Modern Art.”

1957 

  • Designs “breathing” nightclub in Acapulco that is never realized.
  • Walt Disney visits him in Port Lligat.
  • Produces 15 lithographs to illustrate Don Quixote for French publisher Joseph Foret, where he employs “bulletism.”

1958  

  • Dalí and Gala marry in religious ceremony at la Capella de la Mare de Deu dels Angels in Girona, Spain.
  • New York Graphic Society publishes the first monograph on Dalí’s art.
  • Prepares loaf of bread 12 meters long for lecture at Théâte de l’Etoile.
  • Exhibits “anti-matter” paintings at Carstairs Gallery in New York.

later period • 1959-1980s

1959

  • Paints The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, the first in a series of monumental canvases depicting historical and Spanish myths.
  • Designs and presents the Ovicipede, a vehicle consisting of a transparent ball which a person sits in.

1960 

  • The Ecumenical Council exhibited at Carstairs Gallery in New York.
  • Protests by surrealists against his participation in Surrealist Exhibition at d’Arcy Gallery in London (“We don’t EAR it that way”).

1961 

  • Writes story and designs sets and costumes for Ballet de Gala, premiered at the Teatro Fenice in Venice.
  • Gives first lecture at the Ecole Polytechnique on the myth of Castor and Pollux.

1962 

1963  

  • The Knoedler Gallery in New York exhibits Dalí’s work featuring Galacidalacidesoxi-ribunucleicacid.
  • Paints Portrait of My Dead Brother.
  • Publishes the lost manuscript The Tragic Myth of Millet’s Angelus, a French work that had been lost for twenty-two years.
  • Robert Descharnes publishes Dalí de Gala.

1964  

  • Dalí is awarded one of Spain’s highest decorations, the Grand Cross of Isabella the Catholic.
  • Retrospective show opens in Tokyo, Japan.

1965 

  • The Gallery of Modern Art at Columbus Circle, New York, holds a major retrospective exhibition of 370 works including entire Morse Collection.
  • Publishes, The Diary of a Genius, a sequel to his 1941 autobiography, and Open Letter to Salvador Dalí.
  • Paints Apotheosis of the Dollar, and exhibits new work based on Perpignan train station.
  • Produces a series of illustrations for a new edition of the Bible.

1966 

  • Designs First Day Cover for the 20 year anniversary of the World Federation of United Nations Association.

1967  

1968   

  • Dalí writes pamphlet/tract “My Cultural Revolution,” which is distributed to the rioting students at the Sorbonne in Paris, while Dalí flees to Port Lligat.

1969 

1970  

  • European Dalí retrospective opens at the Boymans-van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam.

1971  

  • Morses open their Dalí collection to the public in a wing of their IMS office building.  Dalí in Cleveland for the official opening on March 7.
  • Designs chess set for American Chess Foundation, dedicated to Marcel Duchamp.

1972 

  • Knoedler Gallery in New York exhibits Dalí holograms.

1973

  • British Broadcasting Company films documentary, Hello Dalí, in Port Lligat.

1974

1975

  • A film made by Dalí on tape, Impressions from Upper Mongolia (Homage to Raymond Roussel), is produced by German Television.

1976 

  • Publishes The Unspeakable Confessions of Salvador Dalí.

1978  

1979  

1980   

  • The Tate Gallery, London, holds a smaller version of the massive Pompidou retrospective.

1981   

  • Dalí’s “Art in Jewels” (the Catherwood and Cheatham jewel collections) sold to Japanese investors for $3.9 million.

1982  

  • Inauguration of Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, exhibiting the collection of A. Reynolds and Eleanor Morse.  Opening Ceremonies held on March 7, Museum opened to public on March 10.
  • Gala dies in her castle in Pubol, Spain, on June 10.
  • King Juan Carlos I confers the title of Marquis of Dalí of Pubol on Salvador Dalí because of the artist’s exceptional contribution to Spanish culture.

1983

  • First major Spanish exhibition, “400 Works of Salvador Dalí, 1914-1983,” shown in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain.
  • Completes final painting, The Swallow’s Tail, from his catastrophe series.

1984 

  • Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation established in Figueres, Spain.
  • In August, Dalí suffers severe burns in a bedroom fire at his castle in Pubol, Spain, for which he undergoes surgery.  Afterwards, goes into total seclusion in an apartment in Torre Galatea adjacent to his museum in Figueres.

1985

  • After five years of silence and seclusion Dalí protests against his exploiters.
  • Dalí joins campaign to make Barcelona the site of the 1992 Olympic Games.  Gives reproduction rights of the Cosmic Athlete for use on a promotional poster.
  • Dalí denies rumors that he is held captive in the Torre Galatea.
  • Dalí appears on television for the first time in six years to announce recent donation of works to the Teatre-Museu Dalí in Figueres, Spain.

1986 

  • Dalí receives pacemaker after suffering heart failure.
  • Madrid unveils square designed by Dalí which consists of the sculpture Homage to Newton, which weighs one ton and is a salute to gravity.
  • Shelby Fine Arts Gallery owners in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are indicted on 14 counts alleging fraud, criminal conspiracy and criminal solicitation in regard to the sale of Dalí’s graphics. They are convicted the following year after pleading guilty.
  • Dalí allows photographer Helmut Newton from Vanity Fair magazine to photograph him in a satin gown wearing the Grand Cross of Isabella the Catholic and with a tube in his nose through which he has been fed for over four years.

1987  

  • Dalí suffers extreme depression.
  • A Japanese group representing a Tokyo museum purchases Lincoln in Dalívision for $2.3 million.  The work had been on loan for two years to the Salvador Dalí Museum in Florida.
  • Dalí’s former secretary, Captain Peter Moore, announces the donation of 300 paintings to Spain.

1988

  • A Paris art gallery files federal lawsuit in the United States accusing a West Coast dealer of operating a $32.5 million network for spurious Dalí reproductions.
  • Dalí donates the painting The Birth of a Goddess to Jordi Pujol, President of the Catalan government.
  • The first Soviet exhibit of Dalí’s work opens in Moscow at the Pushkin Museum of Art, featuring 200 graphic works from the French collector and publisher Pierre Argillet.

1989

  • Dalí dies of heart failure on January 23 in Figueres.  He is buried in the crypt under the geodesic dome in the Teatre-Museu Dalí.
  • Dalí’s sister, Anna Maria, dies in Cadaqués on May 17.
  • Retrospective of 350 of Dalí’s works is exhibited in Stuttgart, Zurich and Copenhagen.

post-Dalí • 1990-present

1990  

  • The Dalí estate ($130 million) is divided between Madrid and Catalonia: 56 paintings housed at the Reina Sofia Art Center and 134 paintings exhibited in an undecided location in Catalonia.
  • Exhibit of over 100 Dalí works opens at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Mett and Wiseman are found guilty in Federal Court of over 70 counts of art fraud, along with the Center Art Gallery in Honolulu.  The world’s largest art scam trial runs for five months before the three defendants are found guilty on charges.
  • Exhibition of works from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía opens in November at the Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City, Mexico.

1991   

  • The Dalí Adventure video produced, featuring recollections by Dalí collectors A. Reynolds & Eleanor Morse.
  • Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg acquires Galacidalacidesoxiribunucleicacid for $1 million.
  • The Teatre-Museu Dalí acquires The Apotheosis of the Dollar.

1993 

  • Christ of St. John of the Cross moved from Glasgow Museum of Art to be centerpiece in Glasgow’s newly opened St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art.
  • “Dalí’s Dalís,” an exhibition of works by Dalí from his own collection, opens in Seville.

1994   

  • “Salvador Dalí: The Early Years” exhibited at Hayward Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and the Palau Robert, Barcelona.

1995 

  • Dalí Museum purchases Portrait of My Dead Brother from Christie’s for $800,000.
  • “The Young Dalí: Works from 1914-1930” presented at St. Petersburg’s Dalí Museum.
  • Dalí Museum exhibits “Galuchka: Dalí’s Russian Muse, Gala and Dalí in photographs by Robert Descharnes.”

1996  

  • Dalí Museum loans five works to the exhibition “Dalí and Architecture” at the Casa Mila in Barcelona, Spain.
  • “From Gaudí to Tapies: Twentieth Century Catalan Masters” exhibited at St. Petersburg Dalí Museum.

1997

  • “Treasures  from the Salvador Dalí Museum” opens at The Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale   with the first major loan of over 80 works from Dalí Museum’s permanent collection.
  • Dalí Museum exhibits “Visionary States—Surrealist Prints from the Gilbert Kaplan Collection.”
  • Three Young Surrealist Women exhibited in “Addressing the Century: 100 Years of Art & Fashion” at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Soho), New York.
  • Dalí Museum presents “Kenny Scharf: Pop Surrealist.”
  • Dalí Museum acquires Study for The Image Disappears (1938) at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art sale in London.
  • Dalí Museum features “Man Ray’s Paris Portraits, 1921-1939.”
  • Memory of the Child-Woman loaned to the Meadows Museum in Dallas, Texas.
  • Dalí Museum loans The Lobster Telephone to “Objects of Desire: The Modern Still-Life” at the Museum of Modern Art and the Hayward Gallery.

1998  

  • Dalí Museum organizes “Dalí by Design.”
  • Dalí Museum participates in “Dalí Monumental” exhibit in Museu Nacional de Bellas Artes in Rio de Janeiro and the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo.
  • Andy Warhol at the Dalí ”exhibit from Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Dalí Museum acquires a sketch from Dalí’s 1940s Disney Destino collaboration from private collection.
  • Dalí Museum exhibits “Unfolding Light: The Evolution of Ten Holographers.”
  • Dalí Museum exhibits “Surrealism in the 1920s and 1930s: The Yasuna Collection.”
  • Dalí Museum collaborates with Dawn Ades and Fiona Bradley on “Salvador Dalí: A Mythology” exhibited at Liverpool Tate Gallery and St. Petersburg Dalí Museum.
  • “Treasures from the Dalí Museum” featuring 134 works from Dalí Museum permanent collection exhibited in Shinjuku (Tokyo) and Fukuoka, Japan.

2000

  • Dalí Museum collaborates on “Dalí Optical Illusions” exhibit. Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, Jan. 13 – March 26, 2000; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, April 20-June 25, 2000; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 23 – Oct. 1, 2000.
  • Dalí Museum curates James Rosenquist: Paintings at the Dalí Museum, April 30-August 27, 2000
  • Dalí Museum curates “Masterpieces of Surrealism”, January 29 – April 16, 2000.
  • Dalí Museum exhibits “Salvador Dalí Dream of Venus at the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí in collaboration with the Fundadió “la Caixa” December 20, 1999 – February 28, 2000.
  • Reynolds Morse, co-founder of the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, passes away on August 15, 2000 at the age of 85.

2001

  • A Disarming Beauty: The Venus de Milo in the 20th Century at the Dalí Museum, May 25 – September 10, 2001, guest curated by Suzanne Ramljak.
  • Dalí Museum acquires Scatological Object Functioning Symbolically-Gala’s Shoe 1930/1970 from the Mayor Gallery, London,

2002

  • Dalí Museum exhibits In Spite of Everything, Spring: Jacqueline Lamba at the Dalí Museum, Nov. 8, 2001- Feb. 24, 2002. On loan from Mills College.
  • Dalí Museum participates in Surrealism: Desire Unbound at the Tate Modern, London, Sept. 20, 2001-January 1, 2002. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 6 – May 12, 2002.
  • Dalí Museum exhibits The Persistence of Memory at the Dalí Museum, March 8 – June 8, 2002
  • Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Dalí Museum, March 15, St. Petersburg.
  • Dalí Museum co-curates Forms of Cubism at the Dalí Museum, May 11 – September 8, 2002
  • Dalí Museum curates Dalí Objects/Dalí Fetishes at the Dalí Museum, Sept. 13, 2002 – Jan. 19,2003.
  • Eleanor Morse celebrates her 90th birthday.

2003

  • Dalí Museum jointly with Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C. produce the The Shape of Color: Joan Miro’s Painted Sculptures. February 1-May 4, 2003.
  • Museum purchases drawings and studies from the André Breton auction and the Perrot-Moore Collection auction in Paris.

2004

  • Dalí Museum’s exhibits Dalí Centennial: The American Collection from the permanent collection which consists of 100 oils, watercolors, drawings, prints and objects. The multifaceted exhibition showcased extensive material in varied media. Curated by Joan Kropf and staff. January 9-September 19, 2004.
  • The Dalí Museum hosts a three day conference Persistence and Memory: New Critical Perspectives on Dalí 1904-2004. The conference gathered invited top international scholars who presented papers on variety of productive issues in Dalí’s works.
  • The Dalí Museum purchased from a Japanese collector, Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea which at Twenty Meters becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln (Homage to Rothko), Second Version,  1976-78.

2005

  • Dalí Museum participates in Dalí & Mass Culture organized by La Caixa de Catalonia and     curated by Dr. Felix Fanés. The exhibition explored Dalí’s dialogue between high and low culture in several stages: media, photography, advertising and the press. October 1, 2004 – January 30, 2005.
  • The exhibition Dalí2004 at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Italy was organized in collaboration with the Spanish Ministry of Culture as the official site for the centenary celebration of Dalí.
    • More than 150 canvases among other items were loaned from the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, Figueres, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida and numerous public and private collections.
    • The exhibition was curated by Professor Dawn Ades. September 10 – January 24, 2005.

The Dali Museum exhibits:

  • DALÍ REVEALED: Land, Myth, Perception and God.
    February – December 2005
  • Dali Under the Influence
    November 27, 2005 – April 28, 2006 / Main Galleries 1-3
  • Pollock To Pop: America’s Brush With Dali
    December 9, 2005 – April 28, 2006 / Main Galleries 4-7
  • The Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (Holland) exhibits Dalí & Mass Culture organized by La Caixa de Catalonia and curated by Dr. Felix Fanés. March 5 – June 12.
  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia exhibits Dali.  February 16 – May 15

2006

The Dali Museum exhibits:

  • Salvador Dali and a Century of Art from Spain: Picasso to Plensa. May 5 – July 30, 2006 / Main Galleries and Raymond James Community Room
  • Illumined Pleasures: Dali and Early Cinema.
    August 4 – January 2007 / Traces Gallery
  • Dali & the Zodiac
    August 4 2006 – January 2007 / Raymond James Community Room
  • Dali by the Decades
    August 4 2006 – January 2007 / Main Gallery
  • The Antonio Pérez Foundation (Conca) exhibits Don Quijote de la Mancha illustrated by Salvador Dalí. September 13 – December 17.
  • Dalí: a centennial retrospective in Japan exhibited at Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo (Japan). September 24 – January 4, 2007.
  • The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí exhibited at Instituto Cervantes, New York. October 4 – January 20, 2007

2007

The Dali Museum exhibits:

  • DALI & THE SPANISH BAROQUE
    February 2, 2007 – June 24, 2007 / Morse Galleries
  • Dali’s ‘Biblia Sacra’
    April 20 – July 29 2007 & August 3 – November 18, 2007 / Raymond James Community Room
  • DALI IN FOCUS
    July 13, 2007 – January 2008 / Morse Galleries
  • Dali Multifaceted: Centenary Exhibition exhibited at:
    • Suntory Museum, Osaka. March 10 – May 6
    • Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya. May 13 – July 8
    • Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo. July 15 – September 6
  • Dali, Painting & Film exhibited at:
    • Tate Modern, London. June 1 – September 9
    • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles. October 14 – January 6, 2008
  • Salvador Dali – Surrealisti! exhibited at:
    • The Espoo Museum of Art (EMMA), Espoo (Finland). October 3 – December 16

2008

The Dali Museum exhibits:

  • THE FINE ART OF COLLECTING DALI
    June 22 – January 2008 / Traces Gallery
  • DALI & FILM.
    • The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg presents Dali & Film, the first exhibition examining the profound relationship between the paintings and films of Salvador Dali (1904-1989).
    • Dali & Film is curated by Tate curators Helen Sainsbury and Matthew Gale (editor of Dali & Film); Dawn Ades, Dali scholar and curator of Salvador Dali: Centenary Exhibition; Montse Aguer, Director, Centre d’Estudis Dalinians, Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation; and Félix Fanès, curator of Dali and Mass Culture.
    • The exhibition in St. Petersburg is curated by William Jeffett, Curator of Special Exhibitions, Salvador Dali Museum.
      February 8 – June 1, 2008
  • Women: Dali’s View
    June 13 – September 24, 2008
    – Myth in Dali’s Art
    October 3, 2008- February 15, 2009
  • Salvador Dalí: A Surrealist in Istanbul exhibited at The Sakıp Sabancı Müzesi, Istanbul. September 14 – January 19, 2009
  • Dali, Painting & Film exhibited at:
    • The Dali Museum, Saint Petersburg. February 1st – June 1st
    • The Modern Museum of Art (MOMA), New York. June 24 – September 15

2009

The Dali Museum exhibits:

  • Dali: Seen Through Glass
    June 24- November 6, 2009
  • Dali, Freudz and Surrealism
    February 20 – November 8, 2009
  • Salvador Dalí. Liquid Desire exhibited at NGV, Melbourne. June 13 – October 4.
  • Dallibres exhibited at:
    • Salonika, September 27 – October 15
    • Athena, November 13 – January 30, 2010
  • Salvador Dalí i les revistes exhibited at Palma de Mallorca. November 11 – February 14, 2010

2010

The Dali Museum exhibits:

  • Dalí, Dance + Beyond
    July 2010 – December 2010
  • Sharing Salvador: The history of the Dali Museum and the Morse Collection. May 28, 2010 – December 2010
  • Palazzo Reale di Milano exhibits Il sogno s´avvicina (The dream is coming soon).
    • September 22 – January 30, 2011.
    • More than 136.000 visitors had seen this exhibition in only two months.
  • The High Museum of Art in Atlanta (Georgia) shows The late work. August 7 – January 9, 2011.
    • More than 173.000 visitors had come in 4 months.

2011

  • January 11 – Opening of the new Dali Museum in St Petersburg.
  • The new building displays the 96 oil paintings and other drawings and watercolors that performs the private collection of A. Reynolds and Eleanor Morse.