MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — A California museum is planning to transform into a Salvador Dali museum, becoming a home to a collection of 543 works by the Spanish surrealist artist.

The Monterey Herald reports (http://bit.ly/21vN8E0 ) that the Museum of Monterey has gone into business with the collection owner, Pebble Beach businessman Dmitry Piterman.

The museum currently displays art and artifacts that reflect the area's history on land and sea. They will be replaced by etchings, mixed media, lithographs and sculptures by Dali. President of the History and Art Association's Board of Trustee Lawrence Chavez says curator Tim Thomas will work to find new homes for the old items.

Officials say the working name for the project is Dali 17, representing the time the artist visited and worked at Hotel Del Monte.

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Information from: The Monterey County Herald, http://www.montereyherald.com

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