11 May 1904
Salvador Doménec Felip Jacint Dalí i Domènech is born.
Attends school run by Marist Brothers in Figueras.
Enters San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts, Madrid.
First one-man show, Barcelona.
Expelled from San Fernando Academy.
Goes to Paris. Meets Picasso, members of the Surrealist group and Gala Uluard.
First works in personal Surrealist style, mainly showing sexual fears and preoccupations. First one-man show in Paris. Film Un Chien Andalou with Luis Bunuel. Marries Gala.
Film L’Age d’Or with Bunuel. First sets up home in Port Lligat, Spain.
Quarrells with Surrealists. First one-man show in London.
International Surrealist exhibition, London. Paints two works connected with Spanish Civil War. Dream sequence for Alfred Hitchcock’s film Spellbound.
Series of paintings on Adolf Hitler and the Munich crisis.
Meets Sigmund Freud.
Moves to the United States where he remains until 1948.
Major retrospective exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, New York. Designs murals for Helena Rubenstein and sets for various ballets. Publishes autobiography The Secret Life of Salvador Dali.
Returns to Port Lligat.
First religious works. Smaller version of the Madonna of Port Lligat shown to the Pope for approval.
Paints Christ of St John of the Cross. Publishes Manifesto Mystique and lectured on Nuclear Mysticism.
Paints Corpus Hypercubicus and The Sacrament of the Last Supper.
Publishes The Diary of a Genius.
First major retrospective exhibition, in Europe, Boymans Museum, Rotterdam.
Touring exhibition of Dali jewels.
The Dali Museum opens at his birth place, Figueras.
Major retrospective exhibition, Pompiduo Centre, Paris; and Tate Gallery, London.
Finishes his final painting, The Swallow’s Tail.
23 January 1989
Dies of heart failure at Figueres.