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Celebrating the ultimate surrealist

Provocative, intriguing, sometimes infuriating, Salvador Dali was never boring. An exhibition opening Friday at the Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg, proves he was never bored, either. "Dali and Mass Culture," which continues through Jan. 31, looks at the Spanish artist's expansive curiosity about almost every aspect of popular culture and the ways he transmuted his interest into a unique hybrid of commercial and fine art. Among the many highlights of this large show is Destino, the short animated film on which he and Walt Disney collaborated. Destino was never finished, but several years ago it was completed by Disney animators, using Dali's drawings from 1946, such as the one pictured above. It will be on a continuous loop, as will other film projects and loads of objects and advertising Dali designed, photographs, paintings and much more. The exhibition celebrates the 100th birthday of the surrealist artist, and the museum has planned a number of events, performances and activities in conjunction with it. For information, call (727) 823-3767 or go to www.salvadordalimuseum.org. And for the full preview published in Sunday's Times, go to www.sptimes.com/links/

_ LENNIE BENNETT, Times art critic

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