The Museum of Monterey is about to become home to the largest collection of works by Salvador Dalí on the West Coast, thanks to the arrival of 543 original etchings, lithographs, sculptures and tapestries by the Spanish surrealist artist. The collection will join the Aquarium and the Jazz Festivalas one of Monterey’s major tourist draws.
It’s not as bizarre an idea as you might think. Dalí lived in Monterey off and on for seven years in the 1940s. The artist was a regular at the city’s famous Hotel Del Monte, the historic starting point for the 17-mile drive.
Watch Paramount Pictures’ coverage of a surrealist fundraiser Dalí threw for European artists displaced by World War II in 1941.