Once again, the Olimpo in Merida has managed to secure some of the works of another world famous artist. Unfortunately, they have only secured some drawings and sketches/etchings. I must add that these works are well-displayed and the lighting is exceptionally good. While all the items on display profess the genius of this great artist, I was again disappointed. But, there is good reason for my disappointment.
I have had the privilege to visit the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, several times. (http://salvadordalimuseum.org/) Housed there is the largest collection of Salvador Dali’s works in the United States. The docents provide an expert insight into the surreal style of Dali’s paintings and some of his most famous and easily recognizable works are on display. If you ever get to St. Petersburg, Florida, put this on your list of things you “must see”.
The exhibit at the Olimpo was good, but I wanted more of the real Dali. He was a prolific artist, creating over 1,500 pieces of work during his lifetime. His genius is recognized in the art world by the vast majority of all critics, and his works range from pleasingly psychadelic, to absolutely absurd, to surely surreal, and back, and then some!
I am a big fan! If you’re in Merida, Mexico, or the surrounding area, or St. Petersburg, Florida, or the surrounding area, I encourage you stop by and witness the genius of Salvador Dali for yourself.
Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech