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A New Salvador Dalí Museum Opens

John Lyon

The largest collection of Salvador Dalí’s artwork outside of his native Spain was unveiled in January at the new Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla. Built over a two-year period at a cost of $36 million, the museum is an imposing concrete structure marked by an amorphous entryway of glass and steel inspired by surrealist sensibilities. However, more than just an aesthetic choice, the building’s fortress-like construction ensures that it will withstand the punishing winds of Florida’s hurricane season, a necessary precaution when safeguarding a collection of more than 2,000 pieces of art within the museum’s 20,000 square feet of display space. Works throughout Dalí’s career are on display, including Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man and The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory, the artist’s return to the “melting clocks” that made him famous. (727.823.3767, www.salvadordalimuseum.org)

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