The Dali Museum
The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg holds the largest collection of Dali’s artwork. I decided to go to the Dali Museum because I had been to the old museum and I was very interested to see the new one that was recently built. The parking lot near the building was still under construction so free parking was offered a few blocks away along with a trolley ride to the museum. I went with my boyfriend who is also a huge fan of Dali and has written a few papers on him as well. One thing we both love about Dali’s art is the humor in it. .
“At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.” A video we watched in the museum quoted Salvador Dali. I don’t know if it’s because I paid more attention during this visit, but I think the new museum really captured Dali’s personality and life. We pulled up to a three story building with a wall made of triangular glass pieces. Outside was a gorgeous garden which was there to help capture nature, something Dali loved. Although the new museum was built to stand up to Florida’s hurricanes the building was beautiful. The video went on to explain how the triangular glass windows were inspired by Dali’s surrealist art.
When we entered the building we walked into the gift shop with a huge spiral staircase behind it. The staircase led up to the third floor, beyond that the spiral continued to the top of the building. This was done because of “Dalí’s fascination with spiral forms in nature and the double helix of DNA.” Behind the staircase was a café. The second floor was a library, however, we were not allowed on the floor. We were told it was for employees only.
A Whole New Perspective She walked toward the light. She felt a slight tug on the leash and realized that she had to stop. She guessed that the light was red and that was the reason the dog came to a halt. However she could feel the breeze of people passing by her and was curious as to why the dog stopped walking. Suddenly the dog pulled and they continued on their everyday route. Past the bakery, ...
In the 1940s Dali worked with Philippe Halsman, a photographer. These portraits were very funny; some seemed to poke fun at Dali’s moustache. One portrait turned his moustache into a dollar sign. Another showed Dali’s face as a clock and his moustache were the hands pointing to the time. One of my favorite paintings is The Hallucinogenic Toreador. When I first looked at it I saw women standing half clothed. Slowly I began to see a face and necktie all come together to form a man with his head slightly turned surrounded by other objects. Another favorite is The Ecumenical Council because Dali painted himself painting in the corner. The Aphrodisiac Dinner Jacket was also very funny because the jacket was covered in shot glasses with a bra underneath.
The second showroom we walked into had a wall full of art from high school and middle school students around Tampa. I loved that these were on display at such a famous museum. They were all very unique and beautiful. I was amazed at how artistic some of them were. As I looked across the wall and read the names of the schools I came across one from Chamberlin High School and wondered if my boyfriend might know them. As I looked at the name of the artist I realized it my boyfriend’s brother! He had never mentioned that some of his art might be in the Dali Museum. It was a surrealist piece of art he created using his photography skills.
Finding art from someone I was close with in the museum was my favorite part. I would absolutely recommend visiting the Dali Museum to anyone. It’s an amazing experience unlike any other museum. Dali was so talented and humorous; from surrealism to the irony, there is something everything will love at the Dali Museum.