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Exploring the Salvador Dali Museum online

Bill DeYoung



Dali is there, we're out here ... but it doesn't have to be like that.

Although we’re living in a world with a lot of unknowns, at least one thing remains as certain as ever: The works of Salvador Dali occupy an utterly unique place in the world of art.

St. Petersburg’s Dali Museum may be closed for now, but there are several ways visitors can investigate and appreciate the Spanish Surrealist’s bizarro world online, from the comfort (and forced isolation) of your own home. It’s already the most-visited cultural spot in the city, physically speaking.

If you happen to subscribe to Rift or Verve, have an Occulus Rift handy, you can take the fully immersive Virtual Realty trip.

That’s Dreams of Dali, a VR journey into the painting logical Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet’s “Angelus.” Access it here.

Downloading the Dali app is a gateway to even more Surrealist thrills.

For those who can get as far as switching on the computer and watching what’s in front of them, the Dali has a virtual tour, giving us breathtaking 360-degree views (you can control the angles yourself) of every room in the three-story, glass-and-concrete building (including, naturally, the gift shop).

The museum’s online exhibits delve into the wacky world of Dali works used in book illustrations and on record album covers.

Finally, and perhaps most appropriately, the museum’s extensive permanent collections are displayed, painting by painting (sculptures, photographs and prints, too); you can enlarge everything, one at a time, read details about it and get the gist of what the master was … well, thinking.

Of course, it’s not the same as standing in the physical museum, looking at the actual work itself, appreciating the weirdness full-sized and soaking in all that Dali-esque ambiance. But for now, this is what we have.



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