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Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014

Dalí exhibit explores use of math in mind-bending artwork

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— A joint exhibit scheduled to open in June at the Salvador Dalí Museum and at MOSI in Tampa will offer a vivid exploration of one of the more intriguing aspects of the surrealist’s work.

“Marvels of Illusion” is a multimedia collaboration between the Dalí Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry. It explores Dali’s use of geometry and other quantitative disciplines in the development of mind-bending imagery in his work, and through that it aims to draw direct connections between art and science.

Parts of the exhibit will be on display at both museums beginning on June 14.

“Art and science are considered two different disciplines, but Dalí merged the two in fascinating ways,” said Hank Hine, executive director of the Dalí Museum. “We’re doing the same by inviting guests to an art museum to experience science, and to a science museum to experience art.”

The exhibit’s centerpiece is interactive. It allows visitors to see their image projected against “Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea Which at Twenty Meters Becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln (Homage to Rothko).”

Also to be included is a work by 16th Century illusionist artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, which is on loan from the Ringling Museum. Arcimboldo’s work consists largely of portraits of people with features made from things like fruit or fish.

“Marvels of Illusion” is on display at the Dali between exhibitions of the work of two internationally-known artists. A collection of about 100 of pop artist Andy Warhol’s works remains on display through early June.

In November, an assortment of Pablo Picasso pieces will occupy the museum’s walls.

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