The Queen Sofia Museum is divesting the figure of Salvador Dali of all the media noise to show the essence of one of the great artists of the 20th century in an exhibit where many of his important works can be viewed in Spain for the first time.

In a chronological display, more than 200 of Dali's works show all the complex facets of a creative genius with an unbounded imagination and a splendid sense of fantasy.

Among the 30 pieces that have never been placed on display before in Spain are "Baigneuses" (Bathers), on loan from the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida; "The Persistence of Memory," from the New York Museum of Modern Art; and "Evocation of the apparition of Lenin," from the Pompidou Center in Paris.

Given the complexities of obtaining works on loan, the director of the Queen Sofia Museum, Manuel Borja-Villel, told Efe that he does not know if "the exposition is going to be unrepeatable, but at a minimum it's going to be many years before one with these characteristics can be done" again.

In his opinion, one of Dali's best works is himself, the character he created and which is inseparable from his work.

"Many anecdotes have surrounded this character, much ... that was of no interest, that was pure media noise. With this exposition, we've tried to return to the essential Dali."

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