The museum just moved into a new building about a year and a half ago. The bottom floor is all gift shop, second floor is for staff and third for the galleries. We couldn't take photos inside the galleries, as you may imagine, but I'm sure you can find images of almost everything online. The Boy wanted to sneak some photos anyway, but those people watch you like hawks. We could take photos outside of the gallery, so here are a few of those. Click on the images to see larger versions. I shouldn't have to tell you that really. You should know how to use the Internet by now.
|Here's me on a melty bench.|
|The Boy rubbing his right nipple|
|Giant Dali moustache made of mere styrofoam, believe it or not|
|A partial view of the bulbous backside of the building|
|Inside the backside|
|A spiral staircase that keeps spiraling even after it runs out of staircase|
I'm not an art expert by any means, but I do dig it. Someone who's not into art may see Dali as a bit of a novelty act. "Oh, he's the melty watch guy!" He's that and much more. I had a great deal of respect for the guy's work before I hit the museum today and now, hours later, I am in complete awe of him. I knew he was an excellent artist technically speaking, meaning he had the chops down pat. He had to nail that before he could get crazy. What I didn't quite realize was the breadth of his styles. He could do surreal, of course (what he's most famous for), but he could do realism as well, impressionism, classicism, cubism and stuff I don't know the names for. He worked not only in oils, but ink, watercolor, collage, jewelry and more. The guy was a fucking master at whatever he chose to do.
Beyond that, what most impressed me today was his vision. He could incorporate multiple styles, double images, repeating motifs and wild symbolism all in the same piece. The man was brilliant and truly went to new places.
About twenty years ago I remember reading about a house that Bill Gates was building for his new life as a family man and there was going to be a large frame-shaped monitor on the wall that could display just about any painting or image one could want to see. Sounds run of the mill today, yes, but at the time I thought that was a wonderful new idea and told a friend who was twice my age about it. He said it wouldn't be able to compare to a real painting and at the time, I couldn't understand why. Years later I was in a little gallery in Palm Beach and I got it immediately. I took great pains to impress the difference upon The Boy. If you're not around paintings, you have this idea that they're two-dimensional objects. They're not. They're three dimensional. The paint itself has thickness and texture. This is probably most obvious in impressionist paintings where the paint is layered on like cake frosting, but it can be seen in other styles as well. You can see the edges where one color overlaps another. You can see the lines of the brush strokes. You can also see things that the artist never intended you to see like the cracks running across an aging surface or the crud on a painting that could use some restoration. Go see art up close. You'll have more respect for the reality of it and for the humanity of the artist.
I was caught by surprise a few times by the size of some pieces. Bear in mind that the images I'm showing you here can't hold a candle to the actual pieces for reasons including but not limited to those stated in the last paragraph. I'd always assumed that The Ghost of Vermeer of Delft Which Can Be Used As a Table (1934) was a much larger piece than it actually is. It's only about 7 x 9.5 inches.
|The Ghost of Vermeer of Delft Which Can Be Used As a Table (1934)|
(image via wikipaintings.org)
Mostly I was amazed at how large some of the works at the museum were. Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea Which at Twenty Meters Becomes a Portrait of Abraham Lincoln (1976) is over 6 x 8 feet. And yes, it's hung so that if you didn't know the title, you might look at it up close, look again from the other end of the gallery and swear that someone changed the painting on you.
|Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea Which at Twenty Meters Becomes a Portrait of Abraham Lincoln (1976)|
|The Hallucinogenic Toreador (1968-1970)|
(image via http://www.djohnse.dk)
The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus (1958-1959)(wikipaintings.org)
|Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in Their Arms the Skins of an Orchestra (1936)|