"We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art."

- Salvador Dalí
Portrait of My Dead Brother, 1963

Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989)
Oil on canvas, 69 x 69 inches

St. Petersburg (FL), The Salvador Dalí Museum © The Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg


The exhibition has been commissioned by the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, Figueres, Spain, and organized by Palazzo Grassi, Venice, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and with the support of the Salvador Dalí Museum of Saint Petersburg, Florida, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, in celebration of the centennial of Dalíís birth.

Made possible by  

Additional funding has been provided by an endowment from The Annenberg Foundation for major exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities, by grants from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a generous contribution from Gisela and Dennis Alter. Promotional support provided by NBC 10 WCAU, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Amtrak. The print media sponsor is The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly.com.

The extension of the exhibition through May 30 has been made possible by a grant from the Economic and Community Development Fund of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Michael Taylor • The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art
Dawn Ades • Guest Curator

We would like to extend our thanks to the following artists for their photographic contributions to the exhibition:

  • Robert Descharnes, © daliphoto.com
  • The Philippe Halsman Estate, © Halsman Estate
  • Lee Miller
  • Carl Von Vechten

Website Credits

This site was designed and developed by the Philadelphia Museum of Art Web Team:

  • Bill Ristine - Webmaster
  • Scott A. Williams - Web Designer/Developer
  • Hasan Shaheed - Senior Multimedia Web Designer
  • Lyn Elliott - Web Content Manager
Special thanks to the following contributors (in alphabetical order):
  • Alexandra Cardon - Dali Exhibition Researcher
  • Sarah Cardwell - Museum Educator
  • Conna Clark - Manager of Rights and Reproductions
  • Charles Croce - Director of Marketing and Public Relations
  • Gretchen Dykstra - Graphics Editor
  • Stephen A. Keever - Manager, Audio-Visual Production
  • Norman Keyes - Director of Media Relations
  • Jenny Profy - Graphic Designer, Editorial and Graphic Design
  • Michael Taylor - The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art