Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Goodbye Dali


The Salvador Dali exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which has transformed the city along with the Rocky Steps, ends this month. If you haven't yet gone to check it out, do so. I hearily endorse it. It's the only chance you'll have to see the exhibit in the United States. Yes, it's a bit expensive, and yes, it's crowded, but it's also worth it. Mrs. Good Reverend and I went back in March and spent several hours taking the comprehensive audio visual tour through Dali's life. The story of Dali's art is the story of the great Big Ideas and Events of the early twentieth century--Freud, Einstein, the Spanish Civil War, the Atomic Bomb. It's Dali's surrealism that we have to thank for what our society now understands to be the pinnacle of high culture: the Tender Crisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch commercial.

If you can't see the paintings in person, this website comes pretty damn close to the experience.

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