Well hello, Dali! THE LUME at Newfields has just unveiled “Dali Alive,” its latest multisensory installation with new images, fun hands-on activities, themed food and drink, and much more.

Salvador Dali, Dali Alive, THE LUME, NewfieldsMoving pictures set to music are the centerpiece of the 30,000 square-foot immersive space, recounting the amazing life and art of Surrealist painter Salvador Dali (1904-1989) across time and continents.

Dali Alive, THE LUME, NewfieldsDefined by colorful dream-like images that stretch the boundaries of reality as depicted in pieces like “The Persistence of Memory,” Dali’s work is a perfect choice for this large-scale setting. Some of the bolder art may be a little more challenging for viewers than the previous Monet and Van Gogh exhibits, but equally impressive.

tapas at Dali Alive, THE LUME, NewfieldsFurther into the experience, a permanent café area has been transformed into “El Mercado Surreal,” where guests can enjoy Spanish-influenced tapas, snacks, wines and cocktails. And the reimagined “Let’s Get Surreal” activity room gives visitors of all ages a chance to electronically create their own Surrealist masterpieces, and to walk into several 3D vignettes and pose for photos.

Dali watercolors, THE LUME, Newfields

On the way out, make sure you take a minute to admire four authentic Dali watercolor paintings on display from the Newfields Indianapolis Museum of Art collection for the first time in 45 years, and pick up a souvenir to take home in the merchandise area.

Dali surrealist photo op, THE LUME, NewfieldsDali Alive is now open in THE LUME at Newfields through March 2025. For tickets and more information, go to discovernewfields.org.