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In the cold winter of 1970-1971, visitors arrived from near and far. They stood shivering outside the museum in long queues, waiting for the doors to open. And to finally see what they had come for: the paintings of Salvador Dalí. In total, there were 200,000 visitors. The Dutch Polygoon Newsreel made a programme about it. Renilde Hammacher-van de Brande, the very first head curator of modern art at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, organised the successful Dalí exhibition. Renilde has since reached an age that has been classified a state secret, or at least Boijmans secret no.1. She does, however, remember the moment as if it were only yesterday when she sat on the sofa next to the legendary surrealist master.


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