I'm finally checking out the Dali Museum
I'm a huge fan of Salvador Dali. He was so commercialized (who didn't have a Dali print in their college dorm?), I eventually got tired of seeing him everywhere (which lead me to be more of a Magritte guy). But a good artist is a good artist, and I was stoked to finally check out the Dali Museum in St Petersburg, Florida.
Back in the day, when the museum opened on 1/11/11, I was surprised this was happening in St. Pete. It seemed so random. It turns out Dali himself had close ties there, and it definitely brought global attention to the destination.
Anyway, the Dali Museum is intimate with two floors, a restaurant and a surprisingly amazing gift shop, and the future-forward architecture of the museum is also visually engaging.
Most of his famous work isn't there (they're constantly in rotating exhibits and permanent collections elsewhere), but I was OK with it. The exhibition here showed more of his imaginative earlier work as well as mind-blowing, large-scale, later paintings that didn't get as much credit as, like, watches melting on tree branches.