The Reina Sofia's modern side — Photo courtesy of Mazintosh
The name Salvador Dalí often conjures up popular images of melting watches or his extravagant mustache. But the new retrospective on now at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid attempts to take us beyond his status as a wild, surrealist icon and place him in the context of a master of 20th century art, an evolving artist and an intellectual in his own right, as well as a contemporary of fellow groundbreaking Spaniard Pablo Picasso.
The Dalí exhibit on now until September 2, 2013 displays more than 200 works of art on loan from places like the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. While fans of his surrealist work won’t be disappointed in the selection, the other elements on view provide visitors with a fuller picture of the man and his work. For as you wander through the rooms, one thing is clear: Dalí was a very talented man with a singular imagination.
The exhibit is closed on Tuesdays. Otherwise, the hours are 10 am to 9 pm from Monday to Saturday and until 7 pm on Sunday.
While you’re there, be sure to check out the Reina Sofia Museum’s permanent collection too, where you can see pieces like Pablo Picasso’s giant Guernica painting.