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Member Preview — Dalí & the Impressionists

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November 15, 2023 @ 10:00am November 17, 2023 @ 6:00pm

As a benefit of Museum membership, members are invited to preview the special exhibition, Dalí & the Impressionists: Monet, Degas, Renoir & More, from November 15-17, 2023, prior to the exhibit’s public opening. Please enjoy a members-only first look in the Hough Gallery on the Museum’s third floor.

Member Preview Days:
Wednesday, Nov 15th: 10am – 6pm
Thursday, Nov 16th: 10am – 8pm
Friday, Nov 17th: 10am – 6pm

Members are encouraged to RSVP at the link below. Walk up tickets are also available for member preview days on a first-come, first-served basis. As always, be sure to bring your membership card and valid ID to show at parking and admission. 

About Dalí & the Impressionists: Monet, Degas, Renoir & More

This special exhibition explores Salvador Dalí’s most important early influencers. To demonstrate the range and depth of Dalí’s engagement with the Impressionist movement, this exhibition presents 18 of Dalí’s early paintings in conjunction with a diverse selection of 22 French Impressionist paintings by 18 artists from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), one of the preeminent collections of French Impressionism in the U.S. Among the artists on view are Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse and Paul Cézanne. Many of the pieces on display will be on view for the first time in the state of Florida, offering a rare opportunity to view these French Impressionist masterpieces.

In his early years, Dalí was highly aware of the work of the Impressionists and used them as a reference point. From 1918-1924, the artist embraced the Impressionist approach, marking the little-known initiation of his evolving painting style. By probing the formative role of Dalí’s early engagement with the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist work that came to his attention in his youth, the Museum is exploring the gap between Impressionism and Surrealism approaches to art and life that overlapped in the history of the 20th century.

Seemingly worlds apart, Surrealists sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, while Impressionists attempted to portray the reality of contemporary life in terms of transient effects of light and color. Though the two methods may seem at odds, they both relied on painterly representations to create a compelling sense of lived experience.

Dalí’s affinity for Impressionism persisted in his affection for the land of Emporia, the Costa Brava landscape in which he was born. As he examined the discontinuities and paradoxes of lived experience, Dalí’s explorations on the deep perspectives and distant mountains of his homeland became synonymous with the landscape of the surreal.

It is with the our Museum partner and generosity of our sponsors and that we present this extraordinary exhibition.

This exhibition is organized in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Presenting sponsor of Dalí & the Impressionists: Monet, Renoir, Degas & More is Kane’s Furniture.

Thank you to our supporting sponsors:
Kay & Joel Bronstein, Betsy Schweitzer, Sandy Taraszki & David Zuern and Adele Visaggio

Thank you to our Airport Partner: St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and
Hotel Partner: The Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, Autograph Collection