The Dali Museum: St. Petersburg, Florida

11 Jan

Today marks the first day that the new Dalí Museum will be open in St. Petersburg, Florida. The museum is set to replace the current Dalí Museum and will showcase the largest collection of the artist’s work.The $36 million museum is nearly double the size of the previous museum.  Architect Yann Weymouth, who helped to create the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris, designed the exterior with waterproof concrete that can withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Inside there will be a grand ‘double-helix’ staircase in the centre of the museum, which reaches nearly the full height of the 75-foot-high atrium. Celebrations will include a parade from the old museum and a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Salvador Dalí Museum is the permanent home of the world’s most comprehensive collection of the renowned Spanish artist’s work. Compiled by the A. Reynolds Morse and Eleanor Morse over a 45-year period, it is celebrated for its 96 oil paintings. With oils spanning from 1917 through 1970, the collection provides an excellent overview of Dalí’s major themes and symbols. Characterized by its diversity, it includes the Impressionist and Cubist styles of his early period, abstract work from his transition to Surrealism, the famous surrealist canvases for which he is best known, and examples of his preoccupation with religion and science during his classic period. In addition to the 96 oil paintings, the collection includes over 100 watercolors and drawings, 1,300 graphics, photographs, sculptures and objects d’art, and an extensive archival library. The estimated value of all the works is estimated between $500 and $700 million.

More about Dali, the museum, the benefactors, and becoming a member at  http://www.salvadordalimuseum.org/

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One Response to “The Dali Museum: St. Petersburg, Florida”

  1. annie richardson January 12, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    What a fabulous space for this amazing artist!!! Can’t wait to visit!

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