FARGO — The Plains Art Museum will soon open up North Dakota's first-ever major exhibition of surrealist artist Salvador Dali.

"Salvador Dali's Stairway to Heaven" will open Thursday, Dec. 19, and be up through May 20 on the third floor of the museum, 704 First Ave. N., Fargo.

The exhibit, curated by Los Angeles-based David S. Rubin, portrays 143 of the late Spanish artist's works on paper.

Salvador Dali's "Les Chants de Maldoror Plate 11" (1934). Collection of the Park West Museum / Special to The Forum
Salvador Dali's "Les Chants de Maldoror Plate 11" (1934). Collection of the Park West Museum / Special to The Forum

In addition to the exhibition, the Plains will host several Dali-related events, including a winter paella party with refreshments, activities, a guided tour and surreal desserts at 7 p.m. Jan. 16. The event is free for museum members and Native American artists, $10 for the public and $5 for students.

A free film and surrealism discussion presented by Philosophy for All will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 23.

The Plains also announced its free Exquisite Corpse event, set for 6-8 p.m. April 16, which will allow the public to drop in and "reassemble reality," according to a news release.

For more information, visit www.plainsart.org.