A Surreal Journey Through Dalí's Imagination

THE LUME Indianapolis featuring Dalí Alive

THE LUME Indianapolis featuring Dalí Alive
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Make no illusion. Salvador Dalí’s mesmerizing works adorn THE LUME Indianapolis on Floor 4 of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. The Spanish artist is known for his surreal dreamscapes of melting clocks and fascinating creatures. Fluttering butterflies envelop guests who step into Dalí’s wild and wonderful worlds.  

Mystery and discovery abound. Let your imagination run wild in the renewed activity space titled Let’s Get Surreal. Artificial intelligence transforms your written word into a two-dimensional masterpiece.  

The exhibition showcases four large, vibrant watercolor paintings by Salvador Dalí from the IMA’s permanent collection. The paintings were originally designed for the opera, The Spanish Lady and the Roman Cavalier. The pieces are making their first collective museum appearance since 1979.
THE LUME Indianapolis featuring Dalí Alive features brand-new digital content in all three digital gallery spaces. Additionally, the new café concept, El Mercado Surreal, boasts a selection of Spanish-inspired small bites by Newfields’ culinary team. You’re able to daydream while you sip Spanish brews and refreshing cocktails.  

Indianapolis Museum of Art Galleries at Newfields

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Host an event at the largest exhibition in the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s history. This private-event space is located in THE LUME Indianapolis in the IMA Galleries.



THE LUME Indianapolis is a multi-sensory experience with bright and contrasting lighting, changing sounds, strong smells and scents, large images, crowds, and various additional stimuli. 

A small percentage of guests may experience health difficulties or even epileptic seizures when exposed to certain light patterns, noises or flashing lights. Exposure to certain noises, patterns, or backgrounds in THE LUME Indianapolis may induce a health event or even an epileptic seizure in these certain individuals. Certain conditions within THE LUME Indianapolis may induce health difficulties and previously undetected epileptic symptoms even in persons who have no history of prior seizures or epilepsy.

If you, or anyone you are purchasing tickets on behalf of, have serious health issues, have an epileptic condition, or any health condition you believe can be triggered by a sensory event please consult your physician prior to visiting this experience. If you experience any of the following symptoms while participating in THE LUME Indianapolis —dizziness, nausea, altered vision, eye or muscle twitches, loss of awareness, disorientation, any involuntary movement, or convulsions—IMMEDIATELY exit the experience and request assistance from Newfields’ staff.

The LUME Indianapolis is created and produced by Grande Experiences

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and made possible through funding from

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Additional support is provided by Monna Quinn & David Spoelstra, and Ms. Nancy L. McMillan. In-kind support is generously provided by Show Sage LLC.

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Installation view of THE LUME Indianapolis featuring Dalí Alive in the IMA Galleries, March 3, 2024–March 2, 2025. THE LUME Indianapolis is created by Grande Experiences. Artwork: Salvador Dalí, The Persistence of Memory (detail), 1931.The Museum of Modern Art, Given anonymously, 162.1934 © 2024 Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.