Art lovers will be given a feast for the eyes at the opening of a new Salvador Dali museum. The collection boasts 543 original works and includes pieces ranging from sculpture to tapestry and lithographs. The new museum will house what is believed to be the second largest private collection of the famed surrealist’s artwork in the United States and will be the only collection on the west Coast.
The diverse and extensive collection comes to the museum courtesy of private collector Dmitry Piterman. Piterman began collecting Dali pieces in the 1980’s and has long appreciated not only Dali’s artistic abilities but also his approach to life.
“He studied philosophy, he studied psychology, he studied dreams, he studied science and he incorporated all of these in his paintings,” he said. “It’s that kind of out-of-the-box thinking and out-of-the-ordinary art that impresses people around the world.”
The new museum will be noteworthy to art and history lovers alike as the famed Salvador Dali spent much time in the coastal town of Monterey. Dali frequented the Hotel Del Monte during the 1930s and 1940s. The working name of the museum is Dali 17, a reference to the time the artist spent at the hotel which was located on the now iconic 17 Mile Drive.
Museum founders are hopeful that the new collection of the famed surrealist’s artwork will be a popular and exciting attraction for the area. The opening comes just in time for the busy summer travel season. For more information regarding Dali 17 visit the museums website http://www.dali17.com/ or call (831) 372-2608.