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Going to the High Museum of Art is a priority of mine for every visit I make to Atlanta, especially when a particularly good exhibit is being presented. The Salvador Dali exhibit is going on for just a few more weeks, so I made it just in the nick of time.

The Atlanta High Museum

I didn’t know a lot about Dali, except that I have always been drawn to his bizarre and imaginative artwork. Back in November, I stumbled onto the free Dali exhibit, still on display, in the Time Warner Building. So, today was a continuation of my ‘Dali education.’

What is unique about this exhibit is it’s emphasis on Dali’s later works, post 1940. During this time, Dali abandoned Surrealism. As a result, he was expelled from the Surrealist Group, and began to remodel himself as a ‘classic’ painter. He took an interest in physics and religion, combining the two concepts in his artwork. “Nuclear Mysticism” represented Dali’s belief in physics as a means to prove the existence of God. Much of this later work was highly criticised for being “repetitive” and “commercial.”

I have always loved the architecture of this building

I found myself intrigued by the character of Dali. To me, he seems like an original, a true artistic rebel who didn’t want to be pigeon-holed into any one genre of art. Though he is no longer with us, I wish I could have drinks with this quirky character and his iconic mustache. On many levels, I relate to his desire to form his own artistic path and defy those who try to tell him differently.

Jeff Koons's sculpture "Mustache," a tribute to Salvador Dali

My newly found intrigue led me to purchasing his autobiography in the museum’s gift shop.

Written by Stephanie Wolf

Stephanie Wolf

An Atlanta native, Stephanie Wolf has performed professionally with the Minnesota Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado). She has a BA in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California. Her writing has been published in national and regional media outlets, including Dance Informa, Indianapolis Star, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Currently, Stephanie lives in Denver, where she is a public radio producer and reporter. She loves bluegrass, cooking, Netflix, and owls.