Salvador Dalí is a very important figure in the artistic scenario of Catalonia, and probably along with Pablo Picasso, the most universal Spanish artist. The eccentric artist was pivotal in the development of surrealism and his legacy has traspassed generations.
Much of his work might be scattered around the globe but Catalonia is the only place in the world where you can witness the places he lived, worked and transformed with his genius, through the Dalí Museums Circuit. It has three stops: The Dalí House-Museum in Portlligat, The Dalí Theater-Museum in Figueres and the House-Museum Gala Dalí Castle in Púbol.
If you want to avoid all the hassle of taking this trip on your own, why not book a Dali Museum Day Trip
with a visit to historic Girona town?
Dalí Theater-Museum, Figueres
After Dalí was asked to donate a painting to his native town of Figueres, he agreed to do so but on a much bigger scale. He took the former Figueres Theater, that was burned down and abandoned, and transformed it into his very personal museum. His interest in constructing this museum had many reasons, as he said in his own words:
“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 baptised; 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
The resulting work is far from what you’d get at a conventional museum, instead every room has a very distinct personality, and there is everything from paintings, drawings and sculpture to photographs, engravings and holograms.
There are very interesting artistic installations, such as the Wind Palace Room, the Rainy Cadillac and the Mae West Room. A considerable part of Dalí’s legacy was distributed between this Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, so if you’re looking for some of his best paintings, you won’t be dissappointed.
Dalí’s crypt lies in one of the lower levels of the Museum and can also be visited.
House-Museum Gala Dalí Castle, Púbol
Dalí bought this former Castle in the late 1960’s as a homage to his one true love: Gala. The castle was in ruins and Dalí dedicated a great deal of his time to restructure it as a gift for his muse, all the interior decoration was made exclusively by him.
On display at the museum there are several Dalí paintings and drawings, a collecion of haute-couture dresses worn by Gala, and the famous sculpture of the long legged elephant. After Gala’s death she was buried in a Mausoleum that Dalí had made here specially for her.
Dalí House-Museum, Portlligat
Dalí fell very much in love with Portlligat, a village very close to Cadaqués in the Costa Brava, and bought a small fisherman’s cottage in 1930. With time he and Gala kept expanding the house with nearby properties and eventually it ended up being his full-time residence and workshop until 1982.
Nowadays, it has been turned as a museum and one of the top touristic destinations in the area. The Portlligat Dalí House-Museum, is an impressive structure that allows the visitor perceive with great detail the birthplace of many of his best works. Every single room on the house can be visited, from his workshop to their private bedroom, featuring all the decorative objects he collected and created throughout his life.
You’ll be quite surprised with the amazing surroundings, the House-Museum stands in front of the Portlligat Bay and it’s truly an exquisite sight, every window of the house is like a canvas hanging on the wall.
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