“Surrealism is destructive,” Salvador Dalí once said, “but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” Dalí, a Surrealist master, worked to unshackle the vision of his viewers. Can you guess the country that has a special feeling for Dalí? “Russians in general feel attracted by Dalí’s universe,” Montse Aguer, the director of this exhibition, told Art Newspaper not long ago, “and want to know more about his career and his creative process.” Dalí’s wife, Gala, was Russian, but even so, her husband’s works were banned during Soviet-era censorship. In a major show, 180 works—including The Invisible Man (1929–32), Average Pagan Landscape (1937), and Soft Self-Portrait with Grilled Bacon (1941)—add up to one of the most sensational exhibitions Moscow has ever seen. —E.C.
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