(Posted Summer 2014)
As downtown St. Petersburg residents, we all know the Salvador Dali Museum. Lucky for us, the museum is continuously creating and collaborating on new exhibits that allow the museum to seem like a different experience for every visit, even if you have been more than 20 times.
The Dalí Museum just wrapped up the Andy Warhol exhibit and without skipping a beat, the museum is opening a summer exhibit, “Marvels of Illusion.” The exhibit will feature some of Dalí’s paintings, prints and sculpture. It incorporates a brand new museum experience, a collaboration with the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), and a piece on loan from the Ringling Museum. “Marvels of Illusion” opens June 14, 2014, doors open at 10 a.m.
This exhibit is special with the unique interactive installation called “Gala Contemplating You.” Inspired by one of Dalí’s most famous paintings, Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea Which at Twenty Meters Becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln (Homage to Rothko), transforms visitors into their own 121 pixels, identifying a specific human face. There will also be a web app that allows visitors from all over the world to submit their photos and experience it as well.
The Dali Museum has also collaborated with the MOSI in Tampa, which will be opening a “complimentary exhibit” this summer. The two museums will be offering discounts to guests who visit both museums. The Dali will present a variety of educational and interactive events and activities related to this exhibit throughout the summer both at The Dalí Museum and at MOSI.
“Art and science are considered two different disciplines, but Dalí merged the two in fascinating ways. We’re doing the same by inviting guests to an art museum to experience science, and to a science museum to experience art.” said Dr. Hank Hine, Executive Director of The Salvador Dali Museum.
Continuing with collaborations, the “Marvels of Illusion” will also feature a piece on loan from the Ringling Museum in Sarasota by the 16th Century illusionist artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo.
“It’s going to be one of the most amazing Dalí based exhibits the museum has displayed outside the general collection that can be seen daily,” Eric Crispen, IT Director at The Dalí, said.