“I want my museum to be a single block, a labyrinth, a great surrealist object. It will be totally theatrical
museum. The people who come to see it will leave with the sensation of having had a theatrical dream.” —
cypress, fig and pomegranate trees,
vineyards and crickets.
tranquil and colorful small Catalonian town close to the border with France,
a town called Figueres or simply “the fig trees” in Catalonian.
the birth town of Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol or Salvador Dalí, for short,
the world center of surrealism,
the surrealist haven demonstrating Dalí’s imaginative surreal style and whimsical ideas.
the town where you can find Dalí Theatre-Museum,
museum designed by the artist himself,
theater directed by the master of visual tricks and eye games himself,
place exciting, creative and intriguing as Dalí’s mind by itself.
the town where you can see old Municipal theater transformed into the museum,
place of the first exhibitions of young Dalí,
place unique as the artist himself: playful, witty, charming, mad, extraordinary, original, bizarre, exciting, unconventional and ingenious.
the town where you can enjoy the quirky architecture of the red museum’s building holding eggs on the top,
with theatrical glass roof cupola above the stage,
and with the crypt of buried Dalí below the stage.
the town where you can experience nerves touching the collection of Dali’s art paintings, sculptures, installations, and jewels,
fascinating sculptural installation of the Mae West room,
and amusing Palace of the Wind ceiling room with the feet of Dalí and Gala.
the town in which you can observe the museum with golden Oscar statues with arms upraised to the sky demonstrating wealth and fame in the atrium,
bizarre Rainy Taxi parked in the central courtyard,
and the playful optical illusion of “Lincoln in Dalivision” or “Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea“ that changes with the perspective above the main stage.
the town with the largest surrealist object in the world,
the largest single Dalí’s masterpiece,
the home of shocking and extravagant artistic genius, Dalí.
Do you need to imagine more?
Please stop imagining and just go to Figueres to see with your eyes and witness with your mouth the world center of surrealism!
“Where, if not in my own town, should the most extravagant and solid of my work endure, where if not here? The Municipal Theatre, or what remained of it, struck me as very appropriate, and for three reasons:
first, because I am an eminently theatrical painter; second, because the theatre stands right opposite the church where I was baptized; and third, because it was precisely in the hall of the vestibule of the theatre where I gave my first exhibition of painting.” – Salvador Dalí
Where is Figueres: Figueres is about 40 km (25 miles) from Girona, 140 km (87 miles) from Barcelona, 60 km (37 miles) from Perpignan, and 50 km (31 miles) from Girona-Costa Brava Airport; well-connected to Paris and Barcelona-Madrid with high-speed train, the Museum is 15 minute walk from the train station.
What would be the best way to visit Figueres: if you are in Barcelona, I suggest take a high-speed train and make a one day trip from Barcelona to Figueres. Like I did.
Looking for an itinerary in Barcelona? This Two Days in Barcelona Itinerary should help you! Or take a peek at this Barcelona 3 Day Itinerary and get completely immersed in Barcelona taking a Barcelona Gaudí tour or visiting the Gaudi Exhibition Center.
And of course, please don’t forget to take some extra time for spoiling yourself with savory tapas in Barcelona!
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