Hello Dalí: Surrealist’s return to Monterey

Known for its aquarium, jazz festival, literary history and spectacular landscapes, Monterey has recently added the second-largest collection of works by Salvador Dalí in the United States to its major tourist draws.

This past summer, the 15,148-square-foot former Museum of Monterey, across the plaza from California’s oldest government building, morphed into Dalí17 — a museum housing more than 550 works including original etchings, mixed media, lithographs, sculptures and tapestries by Surrealist icon Salvador Dalí.

The owner of the collection, Dmitry Piterman, and the Monterey History and Art Association entered into a joint venture that has Piterman managing the daily operations of the new museum. Piterman, a Pebble Beach businessman, began building his collection in the late 1980s just after his graduation from UC Berkeley and has been looking for a permanent home for the collection after holding exhibitions in Spain and Belgium. He believes that Monterey is a natural choice, as it’s the only place outside of Spain where Dalí lived and painted.

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