Inspired Events Accompany Frida Kahlo at The Dalí Exhibit
Museum Hosts Events Influenced by the Life, Loves and Work of Iconic Artist
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA (January 11, 2017) – The Dalí Museum continues to delight and enchant guests with its current special exhibition, Frida Kahlo at The Dalí, which opened December 17, 2016. Visitors have raved that the show is both engaging and illuminating, shedding light on the complexities and vision of the acclaimed artist. Running through April 17, 2017, the exhibition features more than 60 pieces including 15 original paintings, seven drawings, and more than 45 photographs from Frida’s personal collection. In conjunction with the exhibit, The Dalí is hosting a variety of programs and events inspired by Kahlo’s favorite pastimes and her Mexican heritage.
Amor Inspirado (‘Inspired Love’) – On Saturday, February 11 from 8-11pm, the Museum will host a special Valentine-themed event where guests will enjoy a sultry, sensational night celebrating love and passion. The all-inclusive evening will feature decadent hors d’oeuvres complimented by an open bar of wine, beer and signature cocktails, live entertainment and dancing, plus access to the galleries including the Frida Kahlo exhibit. VIP tickets offer a special start to the evening from 7-8pm with a unique docent-led Provoca-Tour – a guided walk through the gallery focused on the sensual dimensions of Dalí’s world – and enjoy private access to a “bubbly bar” and chocolate-covered strawberries. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
Tequila Tasting & Talk – The Dalí will host a Tequila Talk and Tasting on Thursday, January 26. Offering an educational and entertaining perspective on this Mexican spirit, the evening will pay tribute to Frida Kahlo’s Mexico and her passion for the culinary arts. Guests will be greeted with a specialty drink, light refreshments/charcuterie, followed by a tasting and talk with Rainey Massad, Director of Spirits & Education for Trinchero Family Estates. Massad will lead a tasting of 5 tequilas, followed by a Q&A session for guests. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
Film Series – The Dalí and Beyond Film series is also in full swing, with multiple screenings honoring Kahlo as well as prominent Mexican film directors held every Saturday. Upcoming free screenings include:
- January 14 – “The Assassination of Trotsky” – Richard Burton plays the exiled Russian leader (and lover of Frida Kahlo) in this 1972 film
- January 21 – “Cradle will Rock”
- January 28 – A&E’s biography on Frida Kahlo’s life
- February 4 – “Frida” starring Salma Hayek (Hayek won the Oscar for her portrayal of Kahlo)
- February 11 – Director Luis Buñuel’s award-winning film “Los Olvidados” or “The Young and The Damned” (heralded as one of the finest Mexican films ever made)
Additional films are schedule to run in the series through the end of the exhibition.
Café Gala Specials – Executive Chef Chuck Bandel brings Mexican flavor to Café Gala every week, inviting Museum visitors to go #beyond #TacoTuesday with Frida Kahlo-inspired specials each Tuesday. And, beginning January 26th, Café Gala will also begin serving Tequila Flights every Thursday from 5-8pm, through April 13, 2017.
Opera – Opera at The Dalí will resume in February with a special performance on February 16 at 6pm by The Three Tenors from St. Pete College singing Mexican art songs by Manuel M. Ponce (1882-1948) known as the “Dean of Mexican Art Song” and songs by Maria Graver (1885-1951), who was the first female Mexican musician to become a successful composer.
Poetry – In addition to the ongoing Poetry at The Dalí series each second-Thursday of the month – led by St. Petersburg’s Poet Laurette, Helen Wallace – The Dalí presents Rhonda J. Nelson’s “Frida” poems accompanied by the Irritable Tribe of Poets on Thursday, March 30 from 6:30-8pm. Enter the world of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo through Nelson’s biographical narratives set to the jazz, funk and global soundscapes of the Irritable Tribe of poets. For tickets and information, click here.
Coffee with a Curator – A free, monthly talk on a variety of Dalí-related topics:
February 1 – “Frida’s Garden to The Dalí’s Garden” – inspired by the native plants and cultural elements of Frida Kahlo’s garden in Mexico City, Museum staff and volunteers created a colorful homage to Frida and her botanic sanctuary in The Dalí’s Avant-garden. Panelists will discuss the process of creating this beautiful tribute as well as Frida’s own celebrated garden at her life-long home at Casa Azul. Additional Coffee with a Curator presentations to be announced soon. For information, click here.
Photo Ops – As visitors arrive to the Museum’s third floor, they are greeted with hundreds of beautiful blooms that adorn the exterior wall and entrance to the Frida Kahlo exhibition – now a favorite ‘selfie’ spot for guests. And outside, in the Museum’s Avant-garden, is a monumental homage to Frida’s garden at her home in Mexico, Casa Azul, which showcases many of the same plants Frida grew including Blue Agave, Marigolds, Oleander and a variety of cacti.
Frida Kahlo at The Dalí has been co-organized by The Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, FL and the Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City. The exhibit also features works from the Vicente Wolf photographic collection.
About The Dalí Museum
The Dalí Museum, located in the heart of beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, is home to an unparalleled collection of Salvador Dalí art, featuring more than 2,000 works comprising nearly 100 oil paintings; over 100 watercolors and drawings; and 1,300 prints, photographs, sculptures and objets d’art. The building is itself a work of art, featuring 1,062 triangular-shaped glass panels—the only structure of its kind in North America. Nicknamed The Enigma, it provides an unprecedented view of St. Petersburg’s picturesque waterfront. The Museum has attracted the world’s attention, and among the other distinguished awards it has received, it was listed by AOL Travel News as “one of the top buildings to see in your lifetime.” The Dalí Museum is located at One Dalí Boulevard, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701. For additional information contact 727.823.3767 or visit TheDali.org.
Special Hours in March 2017: The Museum is open seven days a week from 10am-5:30pm; the Museum will be closed during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg from Thursday evening, March 9 through Sunday, March 12, 2017.
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