Dali High

Today we took a field trip!  Really it was more for my benefit than Mr. S’s, though he did find it a little interesting.  We went here:

I have loved Salvador Dali’s works since I first discovered them in a gifted class in the fifth grade, so I was quite excited to learn that some of his work was being exhibited at a local art museum.  David was pretty psyched when I told him we were going on a field trip (though he would have preferred to stay home and play with our new trampoline), but he wasn’t overly impressed with the reality of the art museum – especially the part where he had to be quiet!  Overall, I think it was a good experience for him, and he did see a few paintings that appealed to him.  There were three video exhibits too, and he liked those – watching the funny man with the mustache on tv was definitely more appealing than looking at a bunch of weird paintings, in his 4-year-old mind!

To commemorate our first field trip, we got a poster to put up in the school room – it features this painting:

Entitled Santiago El Grande (Saint James the Greater), it was one of the largest paintings in the exhibit and reflected Dali’s return to the Catholicism of his youth once he was separated from the Surrealists.  He said he had no faith, which is odd to me; I don’t understand how someone can be religious without faith, but he said that science showed him that God exists but he didn’t believe it.  Anyhow, his interests in nuclear physics and Catholocism combined to form what he called “nuclear mysticism”, which colored many of his late works.

Anyhow, it was a fun morning, and it never hurts to get a little culture in your day – even if much of it goes over the head of a four-year-old!




2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Debbie
    Aug 31, 2010 @ 23:42:42

    Just wanted to say hi and thanks for the visit yesterday on my SIts day> it is nice to meet you Hope you will come back again


  2. Florida Girl Meets the Midwest
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 14:27:52

    This makes me want to go to the museum. I really don’t go enough. A little injection of culture into my day would be a good thing.


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