Photo of Dali Sitting in a Bathtub by Meliton Casals

lecture: dalí and the 21st century

  • This event has passed.

March 26 @ 6:00pm 7:00pm

dalí and the 21st century: the secret of his enduring appeal

Join us on YouTube as Professor Jean-Pierre Isbouts, coauthor of the book “The Dalí Legacy” (Apollo Publishers/March 23, 2021) discusses the ways in which Dalí’s art continues to hold the world in thrall.

In this lecture, Dr. Isbouts will relate Dalí’s activity to the turbulent events of the mid-20th century, including the rise of Surrealism, the Spanish Civil War, the Atomic Age and Postmodern art. He’ll make a compelling case that the artist’s often fraught relationships and faithful adherence to Old Master realism explain why his art still manages to provoke, perplex, and entertain to this day.  At the close of the event, coauthor Dr. Christopher Heath Brown, will join Dr. Isbouts for a conversation about collecting Dalí prints and graphics.  The event will be illustrated with visuals from the book. 

The Dalí Legacy book, coauthor Prof. Jean-Pierre Isbouts

Jean-Pierre Isbouts is an art historian and a doctoral professor at Fielding Graduate University. He is the author of nine National Geographic books which have sold over two million copies, and a featured professor in the Great Courses series. His award-winning films include the official biography of Walt Disney, “Walt The Man Behind the Myth” (Netflix). Dr. Isbouts lives in Santa Monica, California. His website is

Christopher Heath Brown is one of the most prominent collectors of works by Salvador Dalí in the United States and serves as the director of Brown Discoveries, a research institute focused on Renaissance, Surrealist, and Contemporary art. Dr. Brown is also a practicing oral and maxillofacial surgeon and lives in Cornelius, North Carolina.

Together, Isbouts and Brown, are the coauthors of The da Vinci Legacy: How an Elusive 16th-Century Artist Became a Global Pop Icon, The Mona Lisa Myth, and Young Leonardo, and produced the The Search for the Last Supper and The Search for the Mona Lisa TV specials. 

Image: ©Meli Casals Image Rights of Salvador Dalí reserved. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2016.