An art installation by fashion designer Ivanka Ska, best described as something of a sensuous living statue, was one of the main highlights of the evening. The installation showcased surrealist designs inspired by Dali (such as a midriff of his signature melting clock, or a bustier made of flowers) worn on models arranged around and attached by long strips of fabric to one model in the center, creating a stunning effect.
The new museum will be 66,450 square feet, more than twice the size of the current 30,000 square foot museum. The facilities will include a 90-seat orientation theatre, a 150-seat community room, a café with indoor and outdoor seating, and an extensive research library, in addition to the permanent collection hall and temporary exhibition wing. The new building will protect Dali’s paintings from the potential threat of hurricanes (at the current location, paintings are removed to a vault when storms threaten).
The building was designed by architect Yann Wymouth of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc., and will reflect Dali’s unique style of surrealistic artwork. Wymouth previously worked on the renovation of the Louvre in Paris. The new Salvador Dali museum is scheduled to open in January 2011. Construction began on December 12, 2008, with a two year construction time table.
The current Dali Museum is located at 1000 Third St. South, St. Pete. The museum is home to the largest collection of Dali’s work outside of his native Spain. For more information, go to www.salvadordalimuseum.com