February 7, 2011
1 New Dali museum in St Petersburg
2 New Dali museum in St Petersburg
3 New Dali museum in St Petersburg
4 New Dali museum in St Petersburg
5 New Dali museum in St Petersburg
Salvador Dali and wife
The new Dali Museum recently made its grand entrance in Florida, and it is set to lure in plenty of global Dali fans.
Tuesday 11th January at 11:11am marked the official opening of the new Dali museum in St Petersburg, Florida. It was celebrated with a lively parade including Dali lookalikes with curvy moustaches. The procession departed from the current Dali Museum at 9.30am and concluded at the new museum, followed by a host of VIP guests, entertainers, models and musicians.
The museum took 2 years to build and cost $36 million and is located just 8 blocks away from the original museum. It holds over 2,140 pieces, including 96 oil paintings and 8 master works. It is also the largest collection of Dali’s work outside of Spain, his home country.
The new museum features a cafe, patio and garden, and has an impressive 75 ft spiral staircase that pays homage to Dali’s fascination with science and the DNA molecule. It has already been listed as “one of the top buildings you have to see before you die” by AOL Travel News. The HOK and the Beck Group are responsible for designing the museum, even using reinforced concrete walls that will protect the artwork from a category 5 hurricane. A special exhibit called Viva la Revelacion! highlights the major works from the permanent collection inside the museum and also celebrates the new building.
Salvador Dali has left a lasting impression on fans of the Surrealist Movement, and is known for his eccentric pieces. He made use of all types of media in his work, including oils, watercolours, drawings, sculptures, films, photographs and even performances.