The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg is taking an artistic look at how the mind processes information with its new exhibit, "Marvels of Illusion," open to the public this Saturday at 10 a.m. The exhibit features about 25 of Dalí's works, as well as a piece by 16th century illusionist artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. This collaboration has created an exhibit that is both aesthetic and scientific.
Museum Director Dr. Hank Hine said the exhibit "is an exploration of the way the mind processes digital information and creates the reality we think we are observing."
Visitors will be immersed into a world of double images and optical illusions that capture the essence of Dalí.
"Dalí's essential appeal is that he challenges our sense of reality. He asks us the question, 'you see the world one way, is it possible to see it another?'" Hine said. "And we've followed that essential question from Dalí and answered it with, yes! Let's look at it in a number of ways and we'll provide you experiences in an app to do exactly that."
The app will project the faces of visitors onto an actual Dalí painting, making them a part of the art. For portions of the exhibit, the Dalí Museum will be teaming up with MOSI to merge some of their common themes and provide discounts for people who visit both museums.