Day with Dalí

Another treasure to discover in Florida is the small yet magical Dalí museum, set in lovely St. Petersburg, which houses a wonderful collection of the great artist’s works along with traveling shows.

 

The glass bubble known as the "enigma" was designed by Yann Weymouth of HOK.

The glass bubble known as the “enigma” was designed by Yann Weymouth of HOK.

The Dalí works first came to St. Petersburg in 1982 after community leaders secured the collection of A. Reynolds and Eleanor Morse. The current building and gardens opened ten years ago today on January 11, 2011. They were designed to inspire and to encourage one’s imagination. Mission accomplished.

My daughter and I spent a wonderful afternoon there a few days after Christmas. I have no idea why it took me so long to get there.

The small museum proudly displays a comprehensive collection by the great artist.

Self-portrait of the artist within the painting The Ecumenical Council, 1960.

Self-portrait of the artist within the painting The Ecumenical Council, 1960.

Not only were the Morse’s great collectors of Dalí’s work, but they would also regularly visit him in Spain.

Thumb, Beach, Moon and Decaying Bird, 1928. Oil, gravel, and sand on panel.

Thumb, Beach, Moon and Decaying Bird, 1928. Oil, gravel, and sand on panel.

One of my favorite works was Cadaqués, 1923.

Dalí’s early works show his great technical skill.

anti-art, 1927-1928

anti-art, 1927-1928

Having created such superlative academic paintings as The Basket of Bread, Dalí felt empowered to explore a contrary art style represented by Joan Miró, a style Dalí referred to as “Anti-Art.”

The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, 1958-1959.

The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, 1958-1959.

Dalí often painted the image of his wife Gala into his paintings. Above she is depicted as The Blessed Virgin.

A charming garden allows the experience to spill outdoors.

A Dalí-esque mustache provides a photo opportunity.

One can leave their wristband on the wishing tree.

My daughter and I combined ours for an important wish.

Claudia and I shared a delicious hot chocolate out in the garden.

Claudia and I shared a delicious hot chocolate out in the garden.

In addition to the marvelous art and charming garden, the museum hosts a restaurant featuring typical Spanish foods.

As if the Dalí works were not enough, the museum hosts other exhibits. A year or two ago, the museum hosted a Frida Kahlo show. Currently, Van Gogh Alive is showing. My next post will highlight that show that should not be missed. In conclusion, a day trip to St. Petersburg is well worth one’s time.

Read more about the museum here and here.

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