I don't want to sound like I have Dalí on the brain (see post on May 13), but there is more news. Agence France-Presse has reported on the continuing plans to build yet another Salvador Dalí museum in, of all places, Prague. (The story was carried, in an English translation, by the Miami Herald: $25.7 million home for Dali art may go up in Prague, May 13.)
Renowned U.S. architect Daniel Libeskind on Tuesday unveiled his design for a modern museum on Prague's waterfront that will house works by the late Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali. [. . .]Other news reports I read (but which were taken offline before I could link to them) have focused on the opposition to the project in the Czech capital, where at least some people do not see the connection between Dalí and Prague that would justify the expense. Now I like Dalí as much as the next person, but I suspect that there may be a better way to spend $25.7 million.
"To develop, cities have to be in competition at every level. This will be a magnet which will take the tradition of what is happening in Prague and extend it into the 21st century," he said. The museum, which is expected to cost around $25.7 million, would display between 1,000 and 1,500 Dali works on loan from collections in Spain, France and Germany. The privately-funded project would also include a contemporary art hall, a restaurant, flats for visiting artists and a theater. Its exterior would be based on a circle and square, which often appeared in the artist's paintings.