Salvador Dali, arguably the most famous Catalan, was one of those rare artists, like Pablo Picasso, who was famous in his own time. He died in 1989 at the age of 84, having lived a long, full life as a prolific, temperamental artist.
Luckily, you don’t have to travel to Spain to experience Dali’s works of art — you can see them at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The museum’s permanent collection of the works of the renowned surrealist include paintings, sculptures, prints, illustrations and more.
Oil, Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea which at Twenty Meters Becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln-Homage to Rothko (Second Version), 1976, Oil on canvas
On exhibit through Jan. 14 is Dali & Schiaparelli, a collection featuring high-fashion gowns, accessories, jewelry and photos. Elsa Schiaparelli, a World War II-era fashion designer who worked closely and was enamored with Dali, absorbed his visionary ideas and incorporated them into her dress designs to create wearable art.
Following this exhibit is Dali/Duchamp — a series of artworks that together deliver a transformative experience that challenges all the senses. Scheduled to run Feb. 10 through May 27, this exhibit will include not just works of art by these two masters, but also samples of their correspondence and collaborations.
Spring break isn’t all about partying — take a break from the sun and step inside the Dali Museum on your next trip to Florida. You’ll be glad you did.
One Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, Florida; Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, open until 8 Thursdays, special holiday hours may apply; Tickets: adults $24, seniors 65 and older $22, students and children 13+ $17, ages 6-12 $10.