Salvador Dalí in the Heart of Moscow

A huge Salvador Dalí exhibition is open at the Manege, right next to Red Square, until March 25.

Over 180 works by Dalí, including paintings, drawings, aquarelles, and engravings are now on display at the Manege. The exhibition includes pieces from the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation (Figueres), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), and private collections. Some of the works, such as ‘The Invisible Man’ (1929-32), ‘Soft Self Portrait with Grilled Bacon’ (1941), and ‘Maximum Speed of Raphael's Madonna’ (1954) have come to Russia for the first time.

The exhibition presents the entire creative evolution of the artist: from impressionism in the 1910s to abstract paintings of the 1980s. But, of course, its focus is on the surrealistic period (1930s), which features ‘Enigmatic Elements in a Landscape’ (1934), ‘Figure and Drapery in a Landscape’ (1935)
and ‘Average Pagan Landscape’ (1937), wherein the head of Sigmund Freud is depicted.

The second half of the 1940s and 1950s saw Dalí turn to Nuclear Mysticism and to large-scale works. The nuclear explosions of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had a colossal impact on his art. One of his most important paintings of this period is ‘Dematerialization under the Nose of Nero’(1947).

From the 1960s until the end of his life, the artist used stereoscopy and holograms in his art. The exhibition will feature one of his most important pieces from this period, the stereoscopic diptych ‘Dalí Seen from the Back Painting Gala from the Back Eternalized by Six Virtual Corneas Provisionally Reflected by Six Real Mirrors’.


The exhibition also features the entire series of engravings that illustrate Dante's Divine Comedy, a project Dalí worked on from 1959 to 1963, as well as the original illustrations to the book 50 Secrets of Magic Craftmanship, written by Dalí in 1948, in which he expounded his understanding of painting in his signature eccentric style.

Read more about the exhibition.

Address: Manege Central Exhibition Hall, 1 Manege Square. Okhotny Ryad, Biblioteka imeni Lenina, or Alexandrovsky Sad metro stations. The building entrance is located on the side that is closer to Red Square.

Open until March 25.

The exhibition is extremely popular, and long queues are inevitable, particularly in the evenings and on the weekends. To avoid waiting, you might want to try to come on a weekday morning. Visitors with tickets purchased online stand in a separate queue, which is usually shorter.

Until February 29, the exhibition opening hours have been extended:

Sunday – Wednesday: 10 AM – 8:45 PM (Ticket office open: 10 AM – 8:15 PM)

Thursday – Saturday: 10 AM – 11:45 PM (Ticket office open: 10 AM – 11:15 PM)

For opening hours after February 29, please check the official website.

Price: Full entrance ticket 600 / 750 RUB (working days / weekends)

Discounted entrance ticket 300 / 350 RUB
Weekend rates apply on public holidays.

Buy tickets online.

Audio guide: 350 RUB, refundable security deposit 1000 RUB (cash only).