Dali Museum

Besides its beautiful beaches, the Tampa Bay area boasts a rich collection of art museums -- and it's growing. This week on Florida Matters we feature stories about museums and galleries in the region, part of WUSF’s occasional Art Populi series.

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Salvador Dali's surrealist, often bizarre, painted landscapes were not a product of his imagination - but based on the beaches, rock formations and dream-like skies of the Catalonian coast in Spain.

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

Dalí Museum Marvels at the Mind With New Exhibit

Jun 12, 2014

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.

Dali Museum

The Dali Museum will getting a bit more than 15 minutes of fame beginning in January. That's when an exhibition showcasing the works of Andy Warhol go on display at the St. Petersburg gallery.

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You may have been putting off a trip to the new Salvador Dalí Museum because you've already seen the artwork inside.

But what about the artwork on the outside -- as in, the building itself? A new ranking says the St. Petersburg structure is worth a visit for its architecture alone.

The arts and culture website recently released this list of the world's 20 most beautiful museums, in no apparent order.