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The Rays Are a Surrealist’s Delight

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A mile and a half from the locus of baseball surrealism is a monument to the master of the medium. The Dalí Museum, home to more than 2,000 works by the Spanish artist Salvador Dalí, makes a fitting neighbor for the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Dalí collection is a testament to the joys of challenging reality and bending expectations, of hiding curious visions in plain sight. A woman staring at the sea becomes a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Images of the Venus de Milo meld into a toreador.