The two big retrospectives devoted to Salvador Dali at the Pompidou Center in this capital have become the most-visited exhibits in the museum's history.

The show that opened on Nov. 21 and ran through last Monday received 790,090 visitors, only slightly fewer than the record 840,662 people who saw the exhibit at the Center dedicated to the still-living Dali in 1979.

With the aim of responding to the great anticipation created about Dali by the exhibit, the Pompidou Center expanded its hours to 11 p.m. every day but Tuesday, when the museum is closed.

For the first time in the museum's history, it remained open for 72 consecutive hours for the last three days of the Dali show, a move that allowed 48,550 people to visit it.

The exhibit was organized with the collaboration of the Queen Sofia National Museum and Art Center in Madrid, the Foundation Gala-Salvador Dali in Figueras and the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The show featured more than 200 pieces, including paintings, sculptures, sketches and video exhibits.

A structure shaped like an egg onto which a picture of Dali in a fetal position was projected welcomed visitors to the retrospective covering all aspects of his work and life.

The exposition was very popular in France and spawned another dozen or so events, exhibits, auctions and parallel activities above and beyond those organized by the Pompidou Center.

The show will travel in April to the Queen Sofia Museum in the Spanish capital. EFE