i love ithis museum, the building is a piece of art itself. On the site of Dali is some great info about life of Salvatore Dali and his wife Gala. She was a divorced woman with child and when he kept continuing seeing her, he was neglected by other painters since at that time it was a disgrease(i hope i spelled that right)..
In the museumshop u can buy lots of souvenirs, i bought a keyring and my friend gave me a beautifull agenda full with pictures:-)
There isn't much to see or do in Figueres other than the Dali Museum but, the Museum itself is a "must-see". Please see my "Barcelona Travel Pages" ("Off the Beaten Path") for more information on a day trip from Barcelona to the Dali Museum in Figueres.
I blamed him being kitsch, but I keep writing. Ironic.
He had psychological problems, like many of us, like many of artists. He was a communist for a while then he supported Franco. In this era he lost many friends, like Miro, Picasso, Buñuel. I like these three men. The first Buñuel film I've seen was El Angel Exterminador. I was young and I felt shocked. It was not similar to anything I had seen before. He worked with Dali in his film "Un Chien Andalou". Then Dali become religious and blamed Buñuel for being atheist.
This portrait is known for all of us with messed up hair, angry looking. Our guide told us that he painted this with squid. Nice material.
Dali had seen Mae West when he had been in US. He must be really impressed, cause he created something realy strange to describe her. The lips are actually a couch. This installation named as "Face of Mae West Which Can Be Used as an Apartment ".
There was a long line for seeing this, we waited for 10-15 minutes.
Actually, I am not very fond of Salvador Dali. Although, I like his surrealist paintings with ants and melting watches. After this visit, I found out the reason why I don't really like him. His sculptures are KITSCH. He used many unusual materials for describing something with always the same symbols, like his cadillac, an umbrella, etc.
If you want to know more about this great painter, you can visit this museum located in Port Lligat, where Dali´s spent long periods in his childhood and youth. There you can visit the artist´s studio, the library or the garden.
Dali´s was a great painter, but he also designed wonderful jewels. To see the jewels you have to visit a separated building of the museum, located in the corner of the theatre. (the visit is included in the entrance fee).
This room, one of my favorites places of the museum, is one of the examples of the wonderful ideas of the artist. You have to climb a stair case to see the whole room through a magnifiying glass to get the actress portrait.
In Figueres your first way is directly to the Museum of Dali.
This is a very special place with its architecture and having very creative ,all kind of art works inside.Of course Dali's great paintings.
We were just fascinated.We took a lot of photos inside and in the garden.In every corner of this house you can see impressive art works.Just go and see!!!
From 1 October to 30 June:
open from 10:30 to 18
Access until 17:15
From 1 July to 30 September:
open from 9 to 20
Access until 19:15
The exhibition rooms will start to close 15 minutes before the official closing time.
1 January and 25 December.
Every Monday between 1 October and 31 May, except on holidays and holiday eves.
From 1 June to 30 September open every day.
Individual: 10 € (includes Dalí·Jewels exhibition)
Reduced: 7 € (includes Dalí·Jewels exhibition)
Groups (+ 30 people): 6 €. Reservation is required.
Reduced admission charges for students, old age pensioners and unemployed people on production of the appropriate documentation. Also for groups of more than 30 people and owners of Carnet Jove (Euro 26).
No admission charge for children under 9 years of age, members of the association Friends of the Dalí Museums, of the Associació de Museòlegs de Catalunya, of the ICOM and journalists, only on production of the appropriate documentation.
Inaugurated in 1974, the Dalí Theatre-Museum was built upon the remains of the former Figueres theatre. It contains the broadest range of works spanning the artistic career of Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), from his earliest artistic experiences and his creations within the Surrealist movement down to the works of the last years of his life. Some of the most outstanding works on exhibition there are: Port Alguer, Cadaqués (1924), The Spectre of Sex Appeal (1932), Soft Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon (1941), Poetry of America – The Cosmic Athletes (1943), Galarina (1944-45), Basket of Bread – Rather Death than Shame (1945), Leda Atòmica (1949) and Galatea of the Spheres (1952).
A must see for any fans of Salvador Dali's work. Entrance is (at the time of writing) 10 Euros with discounts for groups, senior citizens and children. Under 9's free.
I was never a fan of Salvador Dali before I went to Figueres. Prints of his paintings that I had seen previsouly just didn't do it for me.
This all changed though when I went to the Dali Theater Museum in Figueres. Just North of Barcelona it is worth the trip for both fans and none-fans.
The imagination of Dali is remarkable and it's hard to describe some of the exhibits from this museum that he designed himself.
Inaugurated in 1974, the Dalí Theatre-Museum was built upon the remains of the former Figueres theatre. It contains the broadest range of works spanning the artistic career of Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), from his earliest artistic experiences and his creations within the Surrealist movement down to the works of the last years of his life.
Some of the most outstanding works on exhibition there are: Port Alguer, Cadaqués (1924), The Spectre of Sex Appeal (1932), Soft Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon (1941), Poetry of America – The Cosmic Athletes (1943), Galarina (1944-45), Basket of Bread – Rather Death than Shame (1945), Leda Atòmica (1949) and Galatea of the Spheres (1952).
Even if you have never been a fan of surrealism the museum is still a mind bender! SImoly walking around and looking at the images is enough to get your brain on the boil.....
My pic is from the outside with Claire, my wife, standing by our Suzuki 1200 Bandit.
Like I said in the introduction to this page, Dali used a number of different mediums to present his work. One of them, shown here, virtually greets you as you enter.
Overall, throughout this museum, the different uses of scale and size are brilliant. Salvador Dali had a creativity and grasp of pictogram evocation that just boggles my mind. When you look at his work, you don't think so much as you feel Sometimes he pains a sense of doom or apocalypse, sometimes of love, sometimes of transcendence. Whatever anyone says, that's the mark of a great artist.
This is Cathedral in which is in 1904 young Dali christened. Come inside and take a look about her interior.
This Cathedral is also Figueres parish church. Probably raised on the site of a former early Christian church, the oldest parts still preserved date from the 10th-11th century in part of wall on the north side with an embrasure at the foot of the belltower. Towards the end of the 14th century King Peter the Ceremonious ordered the construction of a new church in Figueres, and a single-nave Gothic-style church was raised over the Romanesque building, with no cross vault or apse aisle. This is retained to this day in its original form up to where the apse began. In the 18th century a cross vault and polygonal apse were added to it, replacing the former Gothic sanctuary. At the end of the 19th century, in 1895, the dome was rebuilt following a plan by the architect Josep Azemar i Pont. At the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 the church sustained serious damage when it was set on fire and some of its finest features knocked down. Between 1941 and 1948, however, it was rebuilt with stone blocks, the cross vault crowned with an octagonal cupola, following the Gothic style of the former nave and thus achieving a unified, sober and imposing whole.
A must see while in Barcelona!...take a day trip to Figueres to visit the Dali-Theater-Museum. This museum is interesting for the Dali lovers because it contains the broadest range of his works from 1904-1989.