Visitors to the Menil Collection will have a rare opportunity this fall to experience works from the museum\u2019s Surrealist collection in dialogue with one of the movement\u2019s major figures - Salvador Dal\u00ed. On loan from the Dal\u00ed Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, the artist\u2019s 1932 painting, Eggs on the Plate Without the Plate, will greet viewers on a wall by itself as they enter the first of three galleries reinstalled for this special exhibition. Curated by Assistant Curator Clare Elliott and consisting of some 30 works by 12 artists, The Secret of the Hanging Egg: Salvador Dal\u00ed at the Menil opens on Nov. 5, 2015 and will remain on view through June 19 of next year. \u201cThe generosity of the Dal\u00ed Museum allows us not only to bring this exceptional painting to Houston audiences, but also to create a new framework through which to view the Menil\u2019s extensive Surrealist collection,\u201d said Clare Elliott, assistant curator. With a selection of works by artists such as Victor Brauner, Max Ernst, and Ren\u00e9 Magritte, the museum enjoys a reputation for having an exceptional representation of Surrealist art - the twentieth-century avant-garde movement in art and literature that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind. Visitors, however, are often surprised to learn that the museum has no paintings by Dal\u00ed, only Gangsterism and Goofy Visions of New York - a rarely seen 1935 drawing that will also appear in the show. Though indelibly linked to Surrealism, Dal\u00ed was both accepted and later rejected by the movement\u2019s leader, Andr\u00e9 Breton (whose death mask is on view in an adjacent gallery). With its eerie landscape and an even more disquieting still life that includes one of Dal\u00ed\u2019s most familiar motifs, a watch that appears to be melting, Eggs on a Plate Without the Plate engages in conversation with other works that include small, egg-like painted rocks by Brauner and Joan Mir\u00f3, as well as enigmatic landscapes by Yves Tanguy and Joseph Cornell. A painting attributed to Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a sixteenth-century Italian painter that Dal\u00ed admired, provides an antecedent to the artist\u2019s surreal imaginings. Dal\u00ed\u2019s fascination with food is echoed in simulacrums of cheese made by his contemporary Magritte and by the contemporary artist Robert Gober. Works by the latter, as well as a new work made especially for the exhibition by Houston-based artist David McGee, attest to the continuation of the Surrealist tradition both in present-day artistic practices and in the Menil\u2019s holdings. Steve Wolfe, the subject of a 2010 Menil exhibition, also appears in the reconfigured galleries. On view are examples of Dal\u00ed\u2019s many collaborations with Surrealists in Paris in the 1930s in the form of a selection of rare publications from the Menil\u2019s library, including Violette Nozi\u00e8res (1933) and a 1937 portfolio of twenty-one Surrealist postcards. As the centerpiece of this exhibition, the Dal\u00ed painting strongly resonates with a collection that emphasizes the power of the evocative image. Surrealism at the Menil With a collection of more than 300 Surrealist paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, the museum can only display a fraction of its holdings at any one time, and this exhibition highlights the practice of quietly rotating works throughout the permanent galleries. Next door to Dali, visitors will find The Night, Its Volume and What is Dangerous for It, 1934, a recently acquired painting by Meret Oppenheim, one of the movement\u2019s pioneering female artists, as well as Man Ray\u2019s erotic portrait of the artist. This exhibition is generously supported by the City of Houston. Visit the museum or menil.org for more information. About the Menil Collection A legacy of the late philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, the Menil Collection opened in 1987. The main museum building anchors the 30-acre campus, which includes the Cy Twombly Gallery, a site-specific Dan Flavin installation at Richmond Hall, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller\u2019s Infinity Machine on view at the Byzantine Fresco Chapel (BFC), and outdoor sculpture. Presenting rotations of artworks from the growing permanent collection, the Menil also organizes special exhibitions and programs throughout the year, publishes scholarly books, and conducts research into the conservation of modern and contemporary art. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and charges no admission fee.