Disney and Dali

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Dali and Disney

Dali and Disney

There is something quite surreal about the fact that Salvador Dali knew Walt Disney.

Born three years and half a world apart, Disney and Dalí were both small town boys on a never-ending quest to broaden the horizons of art, blurring the lines between reality and dreams. Both ahead of their time, their influence continues to this day in films, stage, advertising and art thanks to their ingenious self-promotion, dedication and singular artistic vision. The mutual admiration and enduring friendship between the two is evident in hand-written letters that exist.

Next year at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida there will be an exhibition starting in January called Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination, a multimedia exhibition that explores the unlikely friendship and professional alliance between Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí.

The exhibition explores the largely unknown relationship between the eccentric Spanish surrealist and American entertainment innovator. The multimedia exhibition includes original paintings, story sketches, conceptual artwork, objects, correspondences, archival film, photographs, and audio – many of which highlight work from Disney studio artists. Their enduring friendship t began with their collaboration on the animated short Destino that was unfortunately never finished during their lifetimes

I know I am flagging this up a long time in advance but this is likely to be one of those exhibitions that will sell-out. Combining Disney (and backed by all the muscle that the Disney Corportaion brings to events) and the holiday appeal of Florida sunshine during our winter and spring, this exhibition will appeal to both adults and children. Not that St Petersburg gets much rain as it holds the world record of 768 of sunshine in a row, but as a break from the beaches and the sunshine, a visit to the Dali Museum could be just the ticket on a day when its too hot outside!

The museum contains more than 2,000 works of Dali comprising nearly 100 oil paintings; over 100 watercolors and drawings; and 1,300 prints, photographs, sculptures and objets d’art. Nicknamed the “Enigma,” the building is, itself, a work of art, featuring 1,062 triangular-shaped glass panels—the only structure of its kind in North America.

For more general information about St Petersburg, click here.




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