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When Disney met Dalí: Unlikely kinship becomes subject of an art exhibit

Salvador Dali: Baseball and Ballerina (1947). India ink and watercolor.

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In the history of business, there have been plenty of unlikely business partnerships. At first blush, the link between entertainment legend Walt Disney and eccentric Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí should qualify for one of the strangest.

However, these innovators became friends and, for a brief time, collaborators. The two men were very much alike in their dedication to stretching art's boundaries and entertaining the public.

"They were both quintessential men of the 20th century" said filmmaker Ted Nikolaou, guest curator of "Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination," an exhibition that tells the story of two artistic icons that "sailed on the winds of the culture of the time."

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The multimedia exhibition incorporates a host of art and archival information, and an audio program narrated by actress Sigourney Weaver that includes commentary from Disney, Dalí and artists who worked with them both.

A joint project between the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco and the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, the exhibition is on view through Jan. 3, 2016 in California. In late January, the exhibit shifts to Florida, where it will remain through June 2016. Below are some images from the show.

—By Harriet Baskas, special to CNBC. Follow Road Warrior on Twitter at @CNBCtravel.
Posted 29 Aug. 2015

© Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dali, [Artist Rights Society], 2015. Collection of The Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL, 2015.