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  1. 1904
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      • Born May 11 in Figueres, Spain

  2. 1916
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      • Spends the summer with the family of Ramón Pichot, a Postimpressionist painter and a close friend of Pablo Picasso. He is greatly influenced by Pichot’s collection of French Impressionist and Catalan Modernist paintings

  3. 1919
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      • Exhibits at a show of local artists at the Municipal Theater, Figueres

  4. 1921
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      • Mother dies. His father subsequently marries her sister

  5. 1922
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      • Is admitted into the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid, where he begins lifelong friendships with filmmaker Luis Buñuel and poet Federico García Lorca

  6. 1923
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      • Suspended for a year from the School of Fine Arts for subversive behavior

  7. 1925
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      • First exhibition at Dalmau Gallery, Barcelona (November 14–27) includes a 1917 Landscape, Cubist paintings of 1924, Venus and Sailor (1925), Portrait of my Father (1925) and Girl Seated Seen from the Rear (1925)

  8. 1926
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      • First visit to Paris. Is permanently expelled from the Academy of Fine Arts. Second one-man exhibition at Dalmau Gallery (December 31–January 14. 1927) includes Composition with Three Figures (Neo-Cubist Academy), Girl Sewing, Landscape at Penya-Segats Harlequin

  9. 1927
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      • Serves in the Military. Designs sets and costumes for first performance of Lorca's drama Mariana Pineda in Barcelona; first texts for L'Amic de les Arts

  10. 1928
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      • Publishes Catalan Anti-Artistic Manifesto

  11. 1929
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      • Joins Buñuel early in the year in Paris to make Un Chien Andalou. Meets Gala Eluard, wife of the Surrealist poet Paul Eluard, during her stay in Cadaqués. Gala becomes Dalí’s great love, his artistic muse, and his lifelong companion. At year’s end, André Breton officially welcomes Dalí into the Surrealist group

  12. 1930
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      • Enters a financial arrangement with the Vicomte de Noailles which enables him to buy a tiny fisherman's house at Port Lligat, near Cadaqués. Contract with Pierre Colle Gallery, Paris. Represented with 8 paintings and 2 drawings at first Surrealist exhibition in the USA at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut. First showing of L'Age d'or. Lecture "Moral Position of Surrealism" at Ateneo, Barcelona

  13. 1931
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      • First one-man show at Pierre Colle Gallery, includes Invisible Man, Invisible Sleeper, Horse, Lion, William Tell and The Persistence of Memory

  14. 1932
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      • Included in Julien Levy's exhibition Surrealism in New York, an immediate success. Second one-man exhibition at Pierre Colle's

  15. 1933
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      • A group of 12 collectors and friends (‘the Zodiac’) arrange to give Dalí a regular ‘salary' in exchange for the right to choose either one large painting or a small painting and two drawings in rotation over the year, one each month. Dalí shows 8 works at Exhibition of Surrealist Objects, at Pierre Colle, and in June one-man exhibition includes several works on theme of Millet's Angelus. First one-man show at Julien Levy Gallery, New York

  16. 1934
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      • At Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, shows Enigmatic Elements in a Landscape and receives ‘Honourable mention’. First one-man exhibition in London, at Zwemmer Gallery, arouses much interest. November, first trip to USA, one-man exhibitions at Levy Gallery and Wadsworth Atheneum

  17. 1935
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      • Gives lecture on Surrealism at Museum of Modern Art, New York. Enters agreement with English collector, writer, and Surrealist sympathizer Edward James, by which James purchases his important works (the arrangement lasts until 1939)

  18. 1936
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      • At the International Exhibition of Surrealism in London, gives a lecture encased in a diving suit and helmet which sticks and nearly suffocates him. Exhibition at Levy's, New York. Much publicity, appears on cover of Time. Outbreak of the Spanish Civil War

  19. 1937
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      • Visits Hollywood. Spends several months in Italy at the home of Edward James to avoid the war

  20. 1938
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      • Works in Monte Carlo on the ballets Mad Tristan and Bacchanale

  21. 1939
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      • In New York, latest exhibition at Levy's excites much attention. Works on Dream of Venus for New York World's Fair. Moves to Arcachon on outbreak of World War II. Excluded from the Surrealist group (after years of unsuccessful attempts by André Breton) for his political views and his unabashed commercialism

  22. 1940
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      • Visited by Chanel and Duchamp. After the Fall of France, visits father in Spain before fleeing to the United States. Settles at Caresse Crosby's house at Hampton, Virginia

  23. 1941
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      • Exhibition at Levy Gallery. Attacked by Breton in Artistic Genesis and Perspective of Surrealism, and by Calas in the New York magazine View. Retrospective Exhibition at Museum of Modern Art, New York. Makes first jewels in collaboration with the Duke of Verdura

  24. 1942
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      • Publishes The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí, his highly acclaimed autobiography

  25. 1943
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      • Exhibits a number of portraits of American celebrities at Knoedler Gallery, New York. Paints murals for Helena Rubinstein's apartment. Designs numerous advertisements

  26. 1945
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      • Exhibits recent works at Bignou Gallery, New York. Publishes Dalí News

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      • Visits Philadelphia, spends a day with Dr. Albert C. Barnes at the Barnes Foundation in nearby Merion, Pennsylvania. Creates drawings and paintings for Hitchcock’s film Spellbound

  27. 1947
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      • Second exhibition at Bignou's. Second issue of Dalí News.

  28. 1948
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      • Returns to Europe. From this time on, regularly spends part of the winter in New York, dividing the rest of the year between Port Lligat and Paris. Rupture with Surrealists complete, although he never joins another movement

  29. 1949
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      • Audience with the Pope to whom he gives small version of Madonna of Port Lligat

  30. 1951
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      • Attends the Besteigui Ball in Venice with Gala. They are dressed by Dior as 7-metre giants

  31. 1952
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      • Lectures throughout the USA on "nuclear mysticism". Controversy in Britain over acquisition by Glasgow Arts Museum of Christ of St John of the Cross

  32. 1954
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      • Travelling retrospective exhibition in Rome, Venice, and Milan. Publishes Dalí’s Mustache, a collaborative project with photographer Philippe Halsman

  33. 1955
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      • Lecture at the Sorbonne: "Phenomenological aspects of the paranoiac-critical method," on Vermeer's Lacemaker and rhinoceros.

  34. 1957
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      • Designs moving, breathing night-club for Acapulco which is never realized. Visited by Walt Disney at Cadaqués; they plan a film on Don Quixote which is never made.

  35. 1958
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      • Has a 12-metre long loaf of bread baked at the Paris Fair for a lecture at the Théâtre de l'Etoile. Marries Gala in a religious ceremony in Montregic, Spain. Exhibits atomic `anti-matter' paintings at Carstairs Gallery, New York.

  36. 1959
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      • Lectures in Paris and at the Planetarium in London. Presents his Ovocipede, a vehicle consisting of a transparent plastic ball

  37. 1960
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      • Exhibition of Dalí's first `historical picture', The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus (or Dream of Christopher Columbus), commissioned by Huntingdon Hartford Gallery of Modern Art in New York. Protest by Surrealists against his participation in Surrealist Exhibition at d'Arcy Galleries, New York. ("We don't EAR it that way.")

  38. 1962
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      • Painting Battle of Tetuan exhibited in Barcelona beside Fortuny's of same subject

  39. 1964
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      • Awarded one of highest decorations in Spain, the “Grand Cross of Isabella the Catholic".  Retrospective exhibition in Japan.

  40. 1965
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      • Special exhibition at Knoedler Gallery, New York, of the painting Dalí described as his best so far: Gala looking at Dalí in a state of anti-gravitation in his work `Pop-Op-yes-yes-Pompier' in which can be seen the tsar anguishing figures of Millet's Angelus in a state of atavistic hibernation standing out against a sky which explodes suddenly into a gigantic Maltese Cross just at the heart of Perpignan station towards which the whole universe starts to converge

  41. 1967
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      • Organizes exhibition 'Homage to Meissonier' at the Hotel Meurice in Paris, where he shows latest painting Tunny Fishing

  42. 1968
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      • During May événements in Paris, distributes tract “My cultural revolution" to striking Sorbonne students

  43. 1970
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      • Exhibits Hallucinogenic Toreador at Knoedler's, New York. Creation of Dalí Museum in Figueres announced

  44. 1971
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      • Inauguration of Dalí Museum in Cleveland, founded by Reynolds Morse, a major Dalí collector. Designs chess set for American Chess Foundation, using moulds of fingers and teeth for pieces, and dedicates it to Duchamp

  45. 1972
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      • Exhibition of holograms at Knoedler's New York.

  46. 1973
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      • Using cutting-edge technology, creates First Cylindric Chronohologram Portrait of Alice Cooper’s Brain. Makes a public statement on the death of Picasso

  47. 1974
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      • Inauguration of Teatro-Museo Dalí in Figueres. Discovers René Thom's disaster theory

  48. 1977
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      • Exhibition of latest work at André-François Petit Gallery in Paris, includes Gare de Perpignan (Perpignan Station)

  49. 1978
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      • Elected to Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris

  50. 1979
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      • December Retrospective Exhibition at the Pompidou Centre, Paris, with special installation “La Kermesse héroïque"

  51. 1980
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      • Retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London

  52. 1982
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      • June 10, death of Gala. Dalí moves into small Renaissance castle at Púbol which he had given her, and where she is buried. Created Marques do Pirbol. Starts to transform the garden with objects and sculptures.

  53. 1983
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      • Paints his last picture, The Swallow's Tail, from the Series on Catastrophes

  54. 1984
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      • Is severely burnt in a fire at Pubol. Subsequently moves into the Torre Galatea in the Teatro-Museo Dalí in Figueres

  55. 1989
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      • Dies of heart failure on January 23 at age 85. Is buried in the crypt of the Teatro-Museo. His will bequeathes his property and remaining works not previously donated to the Teatro-Museo to the Spanish State

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