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    Salvador Dali, the twentieth century's greatest surrealist, has been released from a Spanish hospital after being treated for serious burns when his bed caught fire on August 31.

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    1. MADRID, SPAIN: APRIL 15, 1983: SVs King Juan Carlos and Queen enter exhibition hall (2 shots) 0.08
    2. PARIS, FRANCE: MAY 9, 1979: GV & SVs INTERIOR Dali walks into chamber, is applauded and takes seat (3 shots) 0.20
    3. SCU Dali questioned by reporter as his wife Gala looks on (FRENCH SOT) (2 shots) 0.31
    4. NEW YORK, USA: GVs & SVs Dali rips veil from painting 'Aqua Mineralix' and throws jug of water over it (2 shots) 0.49
    5. TATE GALLERY, LONDON, UK: OCTOBER, 1984: SCU Art historian Peter Webb speaking (SOT) SOUND CONTINUES UNDER PICTURES OF DALI'S CASTLE AT CADAQUES, NORTH WEST SPAIN. NOVEMBER, 1971: SVs INTERIOR Dali presses button with his cane. He throws coins in the air. Attempts to hit snail on wall with cane but misses. SCU Peter Webb speaking (SOT) (4 shots) 2.12
    6. BARCELONA, SPAIN: OCTOBER 18, 1984: GVs & SCU Dali leaves hospital surrounded by newsmen. Dali (2 shots) 2.27
    7. TATE GALLERY, LONDON, UK: Dali expert and art historian Simon Wilson speaking (SOT) SOUND CONTINUES UNDER PICTURES FROM GALLERY Dali's Metamorphosis of Narcissus SCU Egg held in hand SV PULL BACK TO GV Painting. SCU Detail from Autumn Cannibalism PULL BACK TO GV CU Nail in wood. SV Picture. SCU Dali 'Object' The Lobster Telephone SV PAN ALONG telephone. SCU 'Bell Telephone Sign' SV PULL BACK TO GV Telephone. SCU Simon Wilson speaking (SOT) (13 shots) 3.45
    SPEECH TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: WEBB: "He ushered me into the living room, and I didn't know what to do because there was a sofa which was circular, and I couldn't quite see how to sit down because you couldn't get into the middle where the sitting part was because the back was circular, so, in the end, he sort of laughed and he said 'We climb over the.....sofa. We enter our mother's womb', so the two of us clambered into the sofa. We went into the subterranean room where the windows were all painted green, and, he said: 'We take the deep breath' and so, of course, you had to take a deep breath -- naturally it was polite to do so. And there was this enormous portrait on one wall of Marilyn Monroe with a bald head; and, so of course I said this is an extraordinary painting maestro and he said 'It is Marilyn Monroe' and he said 'Now you look' and I looked behind me, behind the door, and there was a giant portrait of Mao Tse Tung with Marilyn Monroe's wig; and so that was an enormous joke and we had a good laugh. And then the telephone rang and he said 'You see my telephone' and, in another room, there was an enormous, giant, Victorian, wooden easel, and, in the middle of this easel, was this telephone and as the telephone rang it was all geared up so that things swung around so you couldn't actually get at the telephone without being hit by something....and the whole house was like this."
    SEQ. 7: WILLS: "How important is Dali's contribution to twentieth century art?"
    WILSON: "Well, I think it's very important. I think what you have to understand is that, first of all, Dali was a member of the surrealist group and the surrealists, formed in Paris in 1924, and they were really the first group of artists and writers to bring into art the ideas of Freud about the human subconscious, about the unconscious mind being a repository of many of our most important thoughts and impulses. So the surrealists were important because they did that, they brought the unconscious mind into art. Dali has a very special place within surrealism; partly because he became by far its most widely-known, its most truly popular exponent, and........reached a very wide audience, I think that's not without importance you know. Secondly, because he explored areas of the human psyche that some of his colleagues really, you know, didn't quite want to touch, particularly areas to do with sex but also to do with death."

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    Salvador Dali, the twentieth century's greatest surrealist, has been released from a Spanish hospital after being treated for serious burns when his bed caught fire on August 31. The Spanish painter, now 80, has moved out of his 12th century castle home at Pubol to a flat in the museum which he has set up in his birthplace at Figueras, 129 kilometres (80 miles) north of Barcelona. The new home will not contain a studio, a sign that he will probably not paint again. Meanwhile, controversy surrounds the disposal of Dali's own personal collection of his art, said to be worth more than 60 million dollars. His will has not been published and nobody knows who will inherit this surrealist treasure trove. Critics have alleged that Dali is now "surrounded by jackals waiting for the corpse."
    SYNOPSIS: Dali has now become officially accepted in Spain. King Juan Carlos opens a massive Dali exhibition in Madrid.

    The former enfant terrible of modern art was also accepted into the establishment in France. In 1979 he became a member of the Academie des Beaux-Arts. As always, his appearance and behaviour embodied the surreal.

    And in keeping with the avowed ethos of the movement he told the French reporter that he did not like the works of Salvador Dali. Gala Dali, the artist's wife and life-long inspiration who died in 1982 looks on.

    New York and yet another Dali 'happening'. By now, surrealism had been absorbed into the mainstream of art, but Dali remained its arch exponent and a visit to his castle was always an occasion for the unexpected as art historian Peter Webb explained.

    Dali leaves hospital a sick man. After the death of Gala he had lived in seclusion. In hospital he underwent surgery for burns. He is not expected to paint again but his place is assured in art history as Dali expert Simon Wilson told Visnews' reporter Peter Wills at a recent interview at London's Tate Gallery.


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