There is a new art exhibition in Monterey and it is fantastic!
Dali17 is a permanent exhibition of a private collection of hundreds of paintings, lithographs, etchings, mixed media and sculptures by Salvador Dali. The name, Dali17, is a nod to scenic 17 Mile Drive. A few of these pieces would have been amazing, but the sheer quantity of thought provoking art is overwhelming in a most wonderful way.
I was familiar with Dali’s significant worldwide influence on art and surrealism, but hadn’t been aware of his deep ties to the Monterey Peninsula. During WWII, he left Spain for the United States and made Monterey his home for most of the 1940’s. He and his wife lived at the Hotel Del Monte for a couple of years and then moved to nearby Pebble Beach. While here, he immersed himself in the local social and art scene, throwing lavish parties and volunteering with school art programs.
The gallery contains many instantly recognizable Dali images, including the elephants and melting clocks. Whichever medium he chose, the pieces are interesting at a glance and become even more interesting the longer you look at them.
Dali17 is an inspiring place to spend a day. There are multiple rooms on two floors and each room is filled with art. I think I could have spent days there discovering new things the more I gazed at his work. If you’ll be in the area for more than a quick visit, I’d recommend an annual membership for extra perks.
at The Museum of Monterey
5 Custom House Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940