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Genius or clown? Paris show weighs Dali legacy

Published on Nov 23, 2012 9:02 PM

PARIS (AFP) - Twirling his waxed moustache, Salvador Dali's larger-than-life figure was beamed into millions of homes in the 1960s, his televised antics bringing huge fame, but burning his bridges with the art world.

Now a major new Paris exhibit aims to reinstate that legacy, putting Dali's media stunts - burying himself in banknotes, signing books wired to a brain monitor, even ad campaigns - on equal footing with his surrealist painting.

"We wanted to show Dali in his full splendour, from one end to the other of his career," said Mr Alfred Pacquement, director of the Pompidou Centre modern art museum, which hosted the last major retrospective on the Spanish artist in 1979.

Co-produced with Madrid's Reina Sofia museum, the four-month show that opened on Wednesday brings together more than 200 paintings, sculptures, along with drawings, writings and television clips from the 1920s to the 1980s.

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