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The Dalí Museum gets the Surrealist gang back together

Plus, ‘Icons in Transformation’ by an acclaimed international artist and an announcement from the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.
Joan Miro's painting "Peinture" is on display in the "Midnight in Paris" exhibition at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of the Centre Pompidou, Paris]
Joan Miro's painting "Peinture" is on display in the "Midnight in Paris" exhibition at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of the Centre Pompidou, Paris]
Published Nov. 20, 2019


Picture it: Paris. 1929. The avant-garde Surrealists found themselves at a turning point about nine years into the movement that was changing the art world forever. More than 20 artists critical to that movement are explored at the Dalí Museum’s exhibition, “Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929,” opening Saturday. Organized in partnership with the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the exhibit explores the works, friendships and clashes between artists including Andre Breton, Max Ernst, Joan Miro (whose work is pictured), and, of course, Salvador Dalí, who officially joined the group that year. Remains on view through April 5. $25, $23 seniors, military, police, firefighters and educators, $18 students and kids 13-17, $10 ages 6-12, free for 5 and younger. $12, $8 kids 6-12 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays. 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767.


Churches and the arts have had an on-again, off-again relationship for thousands of years. They must be in a good place currently, evidenced by the “Icons in Transformation” exhibit at St. Petersburg’s St. Thomas Episcopal Church, opening Sunday. The traveling exhibition features more than 100 works by contemporary Russian-Sweden artist Ludmila Pawlowska. Born in exile in Kazakhstan, she chose to be baptized into the Russian Orthodox church when she was 18, which was illegal at the time. She moved to Sweden, where she and her husband run the Scandinavian Art Center. Pawlowska became inspired to use an abstract expressionist style to interpret Russian icons she saw in the church after the sudden death of her mother. The exhibit has traveled to museums and churches around the world. Remains on display through Feb. 9. 10 a.m.-2 p.m Fridays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 1200 Snell Isle Blvd NE. (727) 896-9641.

In St. Petersburg, the St. Thomas Episcopal Church will showcase more than 100 works by Ludmilla Pawlowska starting Nov. 24. [Courtesy of Andrzej Tyszko]


The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is hitting a milestone of 50 years in 2020, celebrated during the event Feb. 29 through March 1. The first day of the festival is actually Leap Day, which is fitting because it will leap across the river from Curtis Hixon Park to Julian B. Lane Waterfront Park. Finding the right festival image for the commemorative posters and T-shirts was important, so organizers put out a call for submissions. They settled on Meaghan Farrell Scalise’s Head First II, pictured. It’s layered with fauna and animals symbolic of Tampa Bay. Ovals and circles evoke the idea of rebirth. As Scalise explains, “Leave the normal, the mundane, the black and white way of thinking behind. Jump in head first into the unknown, the colorful, the daydream of it all.”

Meaghan Farrell Scalise's "Head First II" was chosen as the featured image for the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts next year. [Courtesy of Gasparilla Festival of the Arts]


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