Salvador Dali Museum


Daily Hours 10am-5:30pm
Thursdays 10am-8:00pm

Last ticket sold at 5:15pm
7:45pm on Thursdays

Museum Store and Garden remain open for 30 minutes after closing.

NOTE: The museum will not be open late Thursday, October 20, 2016, but will remain open until 8pm on Friday, October 21, 2016.

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General Admission: 18-64 $24
Seniors: 65+ $22
Military, Police, Firefighters & Educators (with ID*) $22
Students: 18+ (with ID*) $17
Students: 13-17 $17
Children: 6-12 $10
Children: 5 and younger FREE
After 5pm on Thu: Adults, Seniors, College* $10
After 5pm on Thu: Students: 13-17 $10
After 5pm on Thu: Children: 6-12 $8
After 5pm on Thu: Children 5 and younger FREE
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Exhibits + Collections

Daddy Longlegs of the Evening – Hope!

Date: 1940
Material Used: Oil on canvas
Size: 10 x 20 inches

Daddy Longlegs of the Evening – Hope! was the first painting purchased by Reynolds and Eleanor Morse. The recently married couple thought Dali’s work was remarkably crafted and unlike anything they had ever seen. In 1943 they traveled to New York to meet the artist and his wife, purchasing this painting and initiating their four decades of collecting Dali, which culminated in the Museum’s collection.

Significant as the cornerstone of the collection, Daddy Longlegs is also significant for being the first painting Dali completed in the UnitedStates after he and Gala sought refuge here during World War II. No longer part of the Surrealist group, Dali’s homeland was under siege, and he found himself facing an unknown future.

A grotesque scene unfolds, dominated by Dali’s gelatinous self-portrait in the center, surrounded by the elements of war. A winged child shields his eyes, yet points to the horrors unfolding: a cannon shoots an eyeless putrefying horse, while a soft airplane oozes to the ground. A sculpture of Nike, the Greek Winged Goddess of Victory, rises in bandages from the deflated plane. The Dali figure holds a soft cello that is no longer capable of making music; inkwells sprout from the body, suggesting the eventual treaties that will resolve the crisis.

Ants swarm the face, but a daddy longlegs spider stands and moves forward. In 1940, Dali told a reporter that according to an old French peasant legend, a daddy longlegs seen at evening brings good luck. In the midst of the horrors of war, Dali foresaw an eventual peace, but one achieved at a great price.

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