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Surrealist Art at the The Salvador Dali Museum, Florida

Museum Overview

The Salvador Dali Museum is situated on the West Coast of Florida. 200,000 visitors come to the museum every year. The history of the collection began in Cleveland, Ohio in 1942 when industrialist A. Reynolds-Morse and Eleanor Reese got married and also started their life-long involvement with Dali and his wife when they purchased his first painting "Daddy Longlegs of the Evening Hope!" They never looked back and spent the next 40 years putting together the biggest private collection of Dali's work in the world. With the financial support of the city of St. Petersburg and the State of Florida they moved the collection to its current venue in 1980. Over the next 15 years renovations and extensions took place providing more gallery space as well as a community room for programs and activities.

Plan Your Visit

For lovers of surrealism then the Salvador Dali Museum in Florida should definitely be on your "must-see list". The Salvador Dali Museum is located at 1000 Third Street South in St.Petersburg, Florida. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays the museum is open from 10am-5.30pm. On Thursdays it is open from 10am-8pm and on Sundays from 12noon-5.30pm. The museum store, which is worth a visit, remains open for half an hour after closing time on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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Surrealist Art at the The Salvador Dali Museum, Florida

The Salvador Dali Museum in Florida is oozing surrealism. One can't get much more surrealistic than this museum which holds the world's most comprehensive collection of works by the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali (1904-1989). Dali's talent was first recognized in 1925 in his first one-man show in Barcelona. When three of his paintings were shown in the third annual Carnegie International Exhibition in Pittsburgh in 1928 he became internationally known. One of these paintings was "The Basket of Bread" which is now in the museum's collection.

Dali soon became a leader of the Surrealist movement but in 1934 he was expelled form the movement due to his apolitical beliefs as war was approaching. Dali continued to exhibit surrealist work throughout the next decade and his painting "The Persistence of Memory" is still one of the most famous surrealist works in the world.

After this Dali moved away from surrealism and towards other types of paintings based on scientific and religious themes which can also be seen in the museum.

Even though Dali left the surrealist movement, surrealism plays a major part in this museum. Surrealism was the essence of Dali and consequently it is also at the very heart of what his museum in Florida is all about. Highlights of the museum's history include "Masterpieces of Surrealism", "Andre Masson: the 1930s" and Joan Miro Painted Sculpture" showing how important surrealism is in the "Salvador Dali Museum".
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