Dalí for Boomers

When a big art show by an iconic painter comes to town, it’s always a good idea to get tickets in advance. But this summer’s huge cultural exhibition at the High Museum in Atlanta is major in two ways, both in the reputation of the artist and in its sheer size. The new Salvador Dalí show (opened August 7) features one of the largest canvases that the revamped museum has ever displayed.

Running through January, active adults will have plenty of time to make an appointment to see the wall-size, 13.5-by-10 foot painting titled “Santiago El Grande.” The oversize-scale work depicts Spain’s patron saint, St. James, on a horse, holding a giant crucifix and surrounded by clouds, arches and angels. It’s surreal in the way that only Dalí’s dreamlike work is, and is one of his largest works as well, weighing in at 250 pounds.

“Dalí: The Late Work” also brings together paintings by the Spanish surrealist that reside far away from Atlanta, from countries including Japan and Scotland. At just a 30-minute drive from Windsong’s communities, this show is the ideal opportunity to see the famous contemporary shock artist’s ethereal, mind-warping works close to home. A fun fact: Dalí and his wife once hosted celebrities including Bob Hope for psychedelic “happenings,” serving live frogs for dinner.

If you’d like to make a day of it, the next-door Woodruff Arts Center is running the series “Dalí: A Passion for Film” on select dates in August and September, screening his cinematic work with Luis Bunuel, Walt Disney and Alfred Hitchcock. This month Dalí is an Atlanta do!

High Museum, 1280 Peachtree St., N.E. Atlanta, GA 30309. 404.733.4444, high.org.

-Kathryn Romeyn

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