St Pete Enigma

As one of the iconic St Petersburg buildings, the Salvador Dali Museum has a storied and colorful past.


Whether flying in by private plane, sailing past on Tampa Bay, strolling along the marina green space, or attending a performance at the Mahaffey Theater next door, the uniquely contrasting architecture of the museum captures the mind and soul of the casual observer. The beautifully curated interior and the whimsical gardens add to the ambiance and mystique of the site.DaliGarden

Yann Weymouth of HOK is the renowned architect who designed the building to incorporate the rational with the fantastical. A simple rectangle with hurricane-proof walls is rational considering the location and is paired with the fantastical free-form geodesic glass bubble that erupts from the rectangle and is known as the Enigma. The bubble is formed by 1,062 triangular pieces of glass that are a twenty-first century homage to the dome that adorns the Dali Museum in Spain.

The Avant-Garden creates an opportunity to blend learning with tranquility. The Mathematical Garden juxtaposes the relationships between math and nature while the Labyrinth invites exploration and peace. The first floor of the museum has the Café Gala offering Spanish-themed light fare and the Raymond James Community Room used for conferences and other private events. The second floor houses the museum administration as well as the library that serves as an educational reference for those interested in or studying Salvador Dali, Surrealism and the Avant-garde. The third floor is composed of the James Family wing that holds the permanent collection of Dali works and the Hough Family wing that holds special exhibitions. Sandwiched between the two wings with an amazing view of the gardens and waterfront is the overlook of the Enigma.

The Dali Museum celebrates the life and work of Salvador Dali (1904-1989) from every moment and in every medium of his artistic activity. Founded with the works collected by Reynolds and Eleanor Morse, the museum collection includes over 2,100 pieces of art, drawings, illustrations, sculpture, photographs, manuscripts, and documents created by Dali. The Morses first learned about Dali in 1942 while visiting a travelling retrospective of work shown at the Cleveland Museum of Art that was organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. On March 21, 1943, the Morses purchased their first Dali painting, Daddy Longlegs of the Evening, Hope (1940) that began their forty year acquisition of his work to create the preeminent American collection. The Morses met Salvador and his wife, Gala, in New York on April 13, 1943 initiating a long friendship. The collection was displayed in the Morse’s home until the mid-1970s when a Wall Street Journal article entitled “U.S. Art World Dillydallies Over Dali” caught the attention of the St Petersburg community. The community rallied together bringing the collection to St Petersburg, FL where the first Dali Museum opened its doors in 1982. The new Enigma building was opened on January 11, 2011 better enabling the museum to protect and display the collection. “In a larger sense it is a place of beauty dedicated, as is Dali’s art, to understanding and transformation.”

Part of the membership department of the museum is the Zodiac Committee. The Zodiacs are a volunteer group that supports the mission of the Dali Museum by building meaningful relationships with the members, fostering new interest in the membership program, and strengthening ties to the arts community. The original Zodiac group was created in France in 1932 consisting of twelve patrons who each sponsored Dali for one month of the year. In exchange, patrons received a work Dali produced in that month. In the spirit of the forward-thinking patrons, the Zodiac Committee was formed at the Dali Museum in 1996. The Zodiacs sponsor monthly events within the community to engage the membership base.  Jon Smith of Journey Partners was recently elected to the Zodiac Committee and this month he has planned a French-themed event to be held at Sea Salt St Pete with donated works by local artists, a live art creation during the event, and of course plenty of rose that was also a favorite of Salvador Dali.

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