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One of my favorite places is the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.  I have been going there since moving to Florida 20 or so years go. The art of Salvador Dali is fascinating, beautiful, intricate, multi-layered and more.  A trip to the Dali is a fun, relaxing, thought-provoking break from life.

The membership cards this year feature my husbands favorite painting, Girl with Curls.

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The museum moved into a new space a few years ago.  The building itself is a work of art.

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And inside the spiral staircase leads up to the galleries and the galaxy beyond…..

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The view at the top…….

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And a peek at the surrounding area.  St. Petersburg has so much to offer!

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Our first stop was Cafe Gala, where they have fabulous espresso…..

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And I get a kick out of the chairs….

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The current exhibit, Marvels of Illusion…..

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2014-08-09 13.53.37Which was fascinating.  Lightboards throughout described different illusions, how they  work by manipulating the brain, how Dali created the amazing multi-layered works of art that he did.  One of my favorite pieces was featured…

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I have this print in my bedroom, to remind me that oftentimes things are not as they seem.

Their second “current exhibit” is Change is Strange, Student Surrealist Art Exhibits.  Fascinating artwork by middle school and high school students, invited to “explore metamorphosis”.

The regular exhibit was fun as always.  We did the audio tour, which gives insight into a selection of the works on display.  I wish the tour included all of the pieces, but it would become a marathon at that point, I suppose. Every time we go the exhibit is a little different as pieces rotate in and out to other museums.  But even the pieces that I’ve seen more times than I can count still fascinate…there are always new details that a fresh look finds.  These works are so intricate and layered that it is easy to lose track of time, contemplating the skill and creativity involved as well as exploring the canvas for all the hidden detail and meaning.  If you’ve never experienced the art of Salvador Dali, the St. Pete museum website is wonderful, and a good place to start is on their exhibit page.  The next special exhibit is Picasso/Dali, and we’ll be there!

Day 18 of #100happydays….a favorite, happy place.

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