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Salvador Dali

  • Date Submitted: 08/25/2011 08:41 PM
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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.
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...


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