December 12, 2017

Dali Theatre-Museum in Northern Spain

Travelers visiting Barcelona or the Costa Brava region of Spain might like to have us arrange a private excursion to the Dali Theatre-Museum, a quirky celebration of renowned artist Salvador Dali.

Dali Museum Spain tourThe museum occupies the former municipal theater in Dali’s hometown of Figueres. The artist renovated the building interiors—which were heavily damaged during the Spanish Civil War—to showcase his work. On the outside, he added eye-catching details such as a large glass dome, whimsical eggs on the roof and bread sculptures on the walls.

Dali Museum Spain Inside, the Dali Theatre-Museum displays one of the most diverse collections of Dali’s work, including his trademark surrealist paintings and various sculptures, installations, prints and photographs.

Dali Museum Spain tourA highlight is the Mae West room, an installation based on Dali’s 1934 painting, Mae West’s Face Which May Be Used as a Surrealist Apartment. When viewed from the right angle, the objects in the room—including a sofa in the shape of red lips—align to reproduce the image in the painting.

Dali Museum Spain Another installation is Taxi Plujos, an early-model Cadillac convertible with a mannequin driver and passenger. When visitors insert a coin, rain falls inside the car.

Dali Museum Spain

Palace of the Wind is a large ceiling mural that depicts the feet of Dali and his wife Gala.

Dali Museum Spain Gala Nude Looking at the Sea Which at 18 Meters Appears the President Lincoln is a painting that shifts between images of Gala and Lincoln depending on the viewing distance.

Dali Museum Spain The museum also exhibits work that Dali collected by artists such as El Greco and Marcel Duchamp.

Dali Museum Spain Dali fans may also want to see the artist’s crypt, which is below the former stage, a fitting location for a master of dramatic flourishes.

Dali Museum Spain Additional Dali experiences in Figueres include seeing Dali Jewels, an exhibition of jewelry designed by the artist, and dining at Restaurant Duran, one of Dali’s former haunts. Another option is visiting the Salvador Dali House Portlligat in nearby Cadaques.

Dali Art Triangle

A visit to Figueres and the Dali Theatre-Museum can be included in many of our Spain tours that include Barcelona. Contact an Artisans of Leisure Spain specialist to learn more.

Destinations:  Europe, Spain

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