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    The eminent Spanish surrealist painter, Salvador Dali, was installed as a member of the French Academy of Fine Arts in Paris on Wednesday (May 9).

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    GV L'Academic des Beaux-Arts in Paris
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    SV INTERIOR Salvador Dali carrying statuette of golden eagle surrounded by newsmen as he enters chamber
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    SV Dali receives applause as he walks to his seat
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    GV Guests and members of Academy seated in hall
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    LV AND CU Salvador Dali addressing Academy (2 shots)
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    LV Salvador Dali surrounded by crowd as he leaves Academy
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    SV Dali carrying statuette starts singing as he walks across courtyard
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    SV Dali being escorted out of courtyard
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    Background: The eminent Spanish surrealist painter, Salvador Dali, was installed as a member of the French Academy of Fine Arts in Paris on Wednesday (May 9). As usual Mr. Dali's somewhat eccentric personality and behaviour dominated the proceedings, and the normally staid and serious ceremony took on an appropriately surreal atmosphere.

    Mr. Dali's reaction to the news that he was to be honoured by the French Academy was to describe himself as the "inconsequential nothing which the institute needed in order to have something of the divine." It was a suitably mystifying and subtly arrogant phrase, from a painter whose outrageous character has almost eclipsed the importance of his work. He has not only created a surreal world on canvas - but has also built himself a persona for the public which rivals his most bizarre artistic creations.

    His speech to the members of the Academy was not orthodox in content or style. After staggering the Academy members with a description of his latest invention, a pair of three-dimensional spectacles and dazzling them with a stream of exotic images, Mr. Dali ended his speech praising the railway station of Perpignan. As he left the Academy, Mr. Dali expressed his delight with the occasion by bursting into song.

    In December a collection of Dali's works will go show in Paris' Pompidou Arts Centre, which Mr Dali has characteristically described as an anti-Pompidou exhibition.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4EL0VK42VQBJ0LXNIIDGW8DF0
    Media URN:
    VLVA4EL0VK42VQBJ0LXNIIDGW8DF0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/05/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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