When thinking of Florida, I often think of Miami, sunshine and beaches. When I was speaking to a Miami local about what to visit when in Florida, he mentioned The Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. It is about four hours from Miami by car, although as you will see, I do think it is worth the trip.
My go-to artists are Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir and most Impressionism artists. Dalí, on the other hand, can be categorized as an artist in Surrealism, Expressionism and Post-Impressionism. His works are often out-of-the-box and make you think. There is often more than meets the eye with a Dalí piece. I was open to learning more about Dalí and seeing more of his work so I took the advice and checked out this Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg.
According to the Museum's website, "The Dali Museum celebrates the life and work of Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) and features works from the artist’s entire career. The collection includes over 2,100 works from every moment and in every medium of his artistic activity, including oil paintings, many original drawings, book illustrations, artists’ books, prints, sculpture, photos, manuscripts and an extensive archive of documents. Founded with the works collected by A. Reynolds and Eleanor Morse, the Museum has made significant additions to its collection over the years."
Gift of A. Reynolds & Eleanor Morse
While at the Museum, a tour guide mentioned how St. Petersburg came to acquire all of these pieces, which culminate into an impressive collection. The Morses wanted to keep their entire collection together and were open to where they would go. As it was such a large collection, it would require the right location - building, upkeep, etc.. The Museum's website summarized it like this.
"The Morses first displayed their Dali paintings in their home, and by the mid-1970s decided to donate their entire collection. A Wall Street Journal article titled, 'U.S. Art World Dillydallies Over Dali,' caught the attention of the St. Petersburg, FL community, who rallied to bring the collection to the area. The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL opened in 1982."
Although Dali may not have been one of my go-to artists, I appreciated this collection of his works, as it allowed me to peek into this artist's mind and even see a glimpse into his evolution as an artist. The collection can certainly be appreciated by many, and it is one I highly recommend visiting.
For more information, you can visit The Dali Museum's website at thedali.org.
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