Arab Today, arab today florida gets surreal with new museum
Last Updated : GMT 21:45:48
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Florida gets surreal with new museum

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Florida gets surreal with new museum

Dali - AFP

The concrete Florida building may not stand out as a surreal playground, but geodesic glass and a melted watch draped over a twisted bench are sure signs of a museum housing the largest Salvador Dali collection outside his native Spain. Since moving to sprawling new digs in this US coastal resort city in January, the Dali Museum has been pitching the artist\'s fantastical images and objects to tourists more focused on the Sunshine State\'s theme parks and aquariums than on art. It seems to be working. Since the new facility opened nine months ago, some 213,000 people have ventured through its doors -- a 50-percent increase in traffic. \"It\'s quite positive for us,\" museum deputy director Kathy White told AFP. \"We know a lot of people come to this area for the beaches and theme parks, but this is another option for tourists, with organized activities for children and the community,\" she added. The museum -- less than two hours by car from Orlando, capital of the Disney amusement empire, Universal theme parks, Sea World and other parks -- includes 96 oil paintings and some 2,000 objects from Dali\'s career as the 20th century art world\'s resident eccentric. And while it can\'t match Disney on the pure adrenaline front for children, the museum offers several opportunities for little ones to \"dillydally with Dali,\" as the curators describe it. While a prominent characteristic of the $36 million structure is its ability to withstand the punishing hurricanes that frequently batter the Florida coast, the architecture incorporates elements of the weird and wonderful that marked Dali\'s work. Designed by architect Yann Weymouth, who helped I.M. Pei create the famed glass pyramid of the Louvre in Paris, the museum features a pair of geodesic glass bulges protruding from the building. The \"Glass Enigma,\" as it\'s called, is comprised of about 1,000 glass triangles that allow visitors a panoramic view of Tampa Bay, reminiscent of Dali\'s retreat in Cadaques, perched above the Mediterranean Sea. To help recreate the feel of the Spanish Catalonian village where Dali spent many summers, the museum\'s garden features Mediterranean-style rock formations and a hedge labyrinth. Inside is a playful spiraling staircase to nowhere, a tribute to Dali\'s fascination with the double helix structure of DNA. The museum has a stunningly comprehensive array of Dali artwork, from self-portraits and still-life drawings to sculptures and his larger paintings -- all in a seaside resort known more for the white-sand beaches nearby. And while it may not possess what is perhaps Dali\'s most recognizable work, 1931\'s \"The Persistence of Memory,\" whose melting clocks became a pop-culture reference point, it does own \"The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory\" from the early 1950s, a reinterpretation of the masterpiece. The museum is about twice the size of its predecessor, a humbler facility that opened in 1982 a stone\'s throw from the current location. The works are from the collection of Eleanor and A. Reynolds Morse, who met Dali at a New York cocktail party in 1943, a year after the American couple married. They quickly purchased their first Dali painting, \"Daddy Longlegs of the Evening, Hope!\" and a collection was born. Over a four-decade friendship the couple frequently visited the artist and his wife Gala at their villa in Spain, and they constantly helped promote Dali\'s artwork in American bohemian circles. (Dali died in 1989 at age 84.) The Morses eventually built a small Dali museum in 1971 in their hometown of Beachwood, Ohio, and the opening was attended by Dali himself. But public interest was intense, and they outgrew the space. After a futile nationwide search for a museum that would preserve the historic integrity of the collection, they opted to build a new museum in St. Petersburg. They chose the spot in part because the environment on the Gulf coast was reminiscent of the Mediterranean, but also because a quick-thinking attorney in St. Petersburg in 1980 learned that the fate of the Dali collection hung in the balance and began a movement to raise state and public funding for the museum. \"It\'s a way for us to educate two or three generations of the Chinese public.\" The Musee Picasso is closed for a nearly two-year renovation, allowing several cities around the world -- including San Francisco, Sydney and Toronto -- to display pieces from the collection. Sponsor Tix-Media, a privately-owned Shanghai exhibition company, said it cost nearly 1.0 million euros (around $1.4 million) to bring the works to the commercial hub. Picasso was first introduced to China in 1983, when then French president Francois Mitterrand opened an exhibition of 25 of the artist\'s works in the capital Beijing. The Shanghai exhibition spans all periods of Picasso\'s long career, from a painting when he was just 14 to one completed a year before his death in 1973. It includes paintings such as \"The Barefoot Girl\" and \"The Dream\". The works to be shown in Shanghai were just displayed in Taipei. The museum is trying to find a venue in Beijing before the exhibition moves on to several other Asian cities, Baldassari said. Proceeds from the global tour will help offset the more than 50 million euro renovation of the museum, which will triple the area for the collection, she said.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today florida gets surreal with new museum Arab Today, arab today florida gets surreal with new museum

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Jordan airline suggests flyers 'talk'

GMT 11:59 2017 Friday ,24 March

Jordan airline suggests flyers 'talk'
Arab Today, arab today 5 Crafty Must-Have Limited-Budget Ideas

GMT 17:03 2017 Saturday ,25 March

5 Crafty Must-Have Limited-Budget Ideas
Arab Today, arab today Dozens dead in US-led Syria strikes

GMT 08:35 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Dozens dead in US-led Syria strikes
View News in Arabic - Culture: أخبار الثقافة والفنون
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Yemen children dream of school

GMT 07:25 2017 Friday ,24 March

Yemen children dream of school
Arab Today, arab today MP submits a petition to dismiss university head

GMT 06:21 2017 Friday ,24 March

MP submits a petition to dismiss university head
Arab Today, arab today Salvage of South Korea's Sewol ferry

GMT 04:51 2017 Friday ,24 March

Salvage of South Korea's Sewol ferry
Arab Today, arab today Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful

GMT 13:38 2017 Monday ,06 March

Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful
Arab Today, arab today Audi RS 5 Coupe acquires new design

GMT 13:22 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Audi RS 5 Coupe acquires new design
Arab Today, arab today Renault Trezor wins design award

GMT 11:56 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Renault Trezor wins design award
Arab Today, arab today Haifa Wahby bets on her new drama show

GMT 06:04 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Haifa Wahby bets on her new drama show
Arab Today, arab today 2017 already marked

GMT 15:25 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

2017 already marked

GMT 07:03 2017 Wednesday ,22 March

Merna Waleed praises her work with Soad Hosni

GMT 22:00 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Number of unwedded girls amounts to 2.5m

GMT 18:57 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Accessories designer reveals her new collection

GMT 10:34 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Mexico threatens to ditch US corn imports

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 15:06 2017 Saturday ,25 March

Dialysis Supplies Dwindle for Syrians

GMT 07:36 2017 Wednesday ,22 March

US, Britain ban laptops on flights

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 19:27 2017 Saturday ,11 March

Boualsof launches "Priestess Kahina" collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday