The Menil Collection, Texas

The Menil Collection – Houston, Texas

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November 2, 2015 - June 19, 2016

Salvador Dalí’s Œufs sur le Plat sans le Plat (Eggs on a Plate without the Plate), on loan from the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, joins the Menil’s renowned Surrealist holdings in the exhibition entitled The Secret of the Hanging Egg: Salvador Dali at the Menil. Dalí completed Eggs on a Plate without the Plate in the early 1930s.

The Menil Collection will place this work into the context of its own Surrealist holdings, including the artists with whom Dalí collaborated in Paris, as well as contemporary artists who continue to make work in the Surrealist tradition, such as Robert Gober and Steve Wolfe. (Visitors are often surprised to learn that the museum holds no painting by Dalí—only a single drawing, Gangsterims and Goofy Visions of New York, which is seldom on display.) On view within the museum’s Surrealism Gallery, this special presentation will also include examples of Dalí’s contributions to rare early publications from the library’s special collections.

The Secret of the Hanging Egg is organized by Clare Elliott, assistant curator.

Detail of Eggs on the Plate without the Plate

Work(s) loaned:

Oeufs sur le Plat sans le Plat