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St. Petersburg (Fl, USA), Jun 11 (Canadian-Media): The Dali Museum, situated in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States, is an art museum is an active resource in the cultural life, of not only the community of St. Petersburg, Florida but also of the world community, and celebrates the life and works of Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) by providing delightful and educational exhibits to the visitors.
Dali Museum. Image credit: thedali.org
Dali Museum Entrance
The original Dali Museum opened in St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A in 1982 to bring the Morses’ collection of Salvador Dali’ s works to the area. Dali was one of the most celebrated artists of all time.
Salvador Dali. Image credit: Facebook page
The Dali Museum's new building reportedly opened on January 11, 2011 combining the rational with the fantastical.
The visitors enter through The Dali Museum Store, on the first floor, featuring the largest collection of Dali-inspired merchandise in the world.
Second Floor houses The Dali Museum library, a unique resource for scholars, art professionals, collectors and students studying Salvador Dali, Surrealism and the Avant-garde and supports the Museum’s mission to serve as an active resource in the cultural life our community and the world at large. The administrative offices of the Museum are also located on this floor.
The library holds over 7,000 volumes; exhibition and sale catalogs; video, sound recordings and special collections pertaining to Salvador Dali’s work, his life, and other artists as well as genres related to Surrealism and the Avant-garde.
Special Collections include rare books, collectible books, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, whole magazine collections and magazine and newspaper clippings. The library also contains the donated collection of New York collector and Dali archivist, Albert Field. The Field Collection consists of over 400 books, catalogs, limited prints, objects and research documents.
Applied research is conducted by the Museum staff specifically related to exhibitions and art history publications. The result of this research includes wall labels and text panels, exhibition brochures and educational material for docents.
The Library is open to scholars and researchers who have a specifically-defined project.
All of the galleries are located on the third floor. The James Family Wing holds the permanent collection of Dali’s works. The Hough Family Wing shares special exhibitions.
The six categories in which the works of Dali are portrayed are: Objects, Prints, Photographs, Works on Paper, Paintings and Book Illustration.
Made by Montague Dawson (1895-1973), Wind and Sun…The Lightning an example of the original lithograph Dali altered to create "The Ship. " It is a good example of a print.
Made by Salvador Dali, L'Arc hystérique, also known by the other title, The Hysterical Arch, is a good example of ink on paper.
Surrealist Figure in Landscape of Port Lligat is another example of ink on paper.
Both Dali and Magritte used direct and pictorial representation, creating worlds where everything is recognizable, yet the details and relationships are radically changed and defy rational explanation presenting the enigmatic within the familiar.
Imp of the perverse (oil on canvas), 1928 symbolising the concept of holes in an image.
Use of irrational spaces was a shared concept by both Dali and Magritte to create total confusion and disorder in order to achieve a total discrediting of the world of reality.
Fantasies Diurnes by Salvador Dalí, oil on canvas
Cadaqués by Salvador Dalí, oil on canvas
A special exhibition, sponsored by Tampa International Airport, uses burgeoning augmented reality (AR) technology to engage visitors to highlight The Dali’s complete collection of its popular, Masterworks.
Visual Magic: Dali’s Masterworks in Augmented Reality — June 15, 2019 — November 3, 2019/Credit: Dali Museum
The term “masterworks” used by Dali Museum founder A. Reynolds Morse, refers to paintings exceeding five feet in height or width, painted over a period of a year or longer — in other words, they are both monumental in scale and critical Dali paintings. Through this exhibit, Museum visitors have an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning behind these Salvador Dali works through the lens of AR.