It's Delightful, It's Dali-cious, It's Delectable, It's Delirious

Spring is almost here. That means a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of melting watches, lobster telephones and The Endless Enigma. Of course a young lady's fancy will also turn to thoughts both surreal and fantastic and possibly, if they are very daring, Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate, One Second before Awakening. Luckily for everyone the Philadelphia Museum of Art just happens to be the temporary home of the Salvador Dali centennial retrospective exhibit.

There are more than 200 pieces of Dali's art on display. The exhibit encompasses more than just his paintings; there are also sculptures, film and even a jacket. I was fascinated to discover that Walt Disney hired Dali to adapt a song called Destino in 1945. The project was scrapped in 1946 and languished in limbo until 2001 when it was brought back to life by the Paris branch of Disney's studios. Two years later a love story like no other was unleashed into an unsuspecting world. You can watch the film and learn more about Dali's work in the movies at the Dali and the Cinema exhibit in the video gallery of the museum.

The show opened February 16th and runs through May 15, 2005. Ticket information can be found here.

Philadelphia is proud to be the only American stop on the worldwide journey of this exhibition. The city is so pleased that it is pulling out all the stops and going mad with Dali fever. http://www.gophila.com/Dali will take you to a page called Surreal Philadelphia. You watch read about the exhibition, hotel packages, discounts from all sorts of vendors, citywide Dalicentric events and enter a contest to win a weekend in Philadelphia. (Please no snotty remarks a la W.C, Fields.)

Amtrak is also offering a special rate to get to the exhibit. I'm not sure this link will work for everyone so you can go to http://www.amtrak.com then click hot deals, advertised specials from the menu on the left and then choose Dali Exhibition - Philadelphia Museum of Art.

What if you just can't get to Philadelphia before the show ends? Don't fret. There are plenty of things for you to do at the exhibit website. Try the red link on the left called Explore the Exhibition. Here you will find fascinating interactive curator tours. I particularly liked the Interactive Study for The Endless Enigma. I had no idea there were so many figures hidden in that painting.

What if you just don't dig Dali at all? Even if you think the man was weird, not your cup of tea and way too commercial I think you will enjoy some of the titles of his work. This pdf file is a checklist of the pieces in the exhibit and it's entertaining in its own right. How could you not enjoy the idea of something called Premature Ossification of a Railway Station or Gangsterism and Goofy Visions of New York? Relax and let Dali sweep you into a world as big and strange as your imagination.