(below, the work in progress of the museum)
© photos Moris Moreno
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The new Salvador Dali Museum looks like it really materialized from Dali’s consciousness; the museum dedicated to the surrealist artist opened its doors on January 11th, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Florida. It is a fascinating project, designed by HOK, which is an expansion of the original Dali Museum built in 1982. Reaching well 6300 square meters, it’s spread over three floors, where you can admire the works of the master. The architecture of this work is inspired by Dali’s surrealist art, but at the same time it owes its appearance and the choice of materials to the practical need to protect the buildings and the works of art that it contains, from the frequent hurricanes that threaten Florida’s coasts. The building is composed of the Euclidean “treasure box”, a block of reinforced concrete almost 18 meters high, right-angled, which contains the works of art, and a fluid, organic glass body called “Enigma”, (it takes the name from a 1929 Dali work). The art collection includes sculptures, paintings, watercolors and sketches from the genius mind of Salvador Dali.