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Preparations Under Way For Memorial Service At Dali Museum With PM-Dali

January 23, 1989

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ A museum devoted to the work of surrealist painter Salvador Dali may hold a memorial service Wednesday that would coincide with the artist’s funeral in Spain, the museum’s curator said today.

Dali, 84, died today in Fugueras, Spain.

″We haven’t decided exactly what we will do,″ said Joan Kropf at the Salvador Dali Museum, which opened on Florida’s Gulf Coast in 1982. ″We are working on details.″

The museum was founded on a collection built by A. Reynolds Morse, a friend of the Spanish painter for nearly 45 years. Morse was busy packing for a flight to Spain today to pay his last respects, Ms. Kropf said.

″The collection here is because of Mr. Morse’s belief that Dali was one of the greatest 20th century artists,″ she said.

″It’s very difficult for us to make a formal statement,″ Morse said in a statement released by the museum. ″What can we say? He is the greatest artist of the 20th century.″

The museum’s collection includes 93 oils, 55 of them on display; nearly 150 drawings; 2,000 graphics and lithographs; and extensive archives and a library.

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