StevenStuart on Citysearch
9 years ago
03/03/2011, 00:33 AM
New Dali museum is a travesty – The new Dali museum is a travesty. Sure it's pretty, and I'm pretty sure some self-serving individuals are pleased with this monument to themselves - it certainly wasn't built to glorify the awesome works of Dali. Only a tiny portion of this building is reserved for Dali's works, and those that are have his works displayed in a way that makes many of them unviewable. His large works are completely unviewable as they are displayed at foot level in cramped areas, so you can either walk up to within 4 feet of them (as most in this crowded place do) or stand at a distance and see the upper half of the paintings and imagine what might behind the heads and torsos of the people between you and these works.
By comparison, the old space was a showcase for Dali and his works, the larger pieces strategically positioned to provide optimum viewing.
The reason space is so cramped in this massive structure: only a portion of the third floor is available for showing his works, with the central stairway and mezzanine dominating the space. The entire first floor is dedicated to extracting cash in the form of Dali trinkets along with food and wine.
If you are as disappointed as I am, stop by and mention this to those on the second floor which is entirely dedicated offices for the self-serving egotists who are responsible. This floor is their throne, sandwiched between the rubes below and the jewels stacked willy-nilly in the attic above.