Dali Needed an Editor


After Girona we traveled to Figueres, a city associated with Salvador Dali, and not much else.  The Theatre-Museu Dali (Theatre Museum Dali) is the town’s biggest and probably only attraction.  Dali was born in Figueres in 1904 and lived there until 1922 when he moved to Madrid for art school from which he was expelled four times but not before meeting Federico Garcia Lorca and Luis Bunuel who would have major influences on him and turning him in the direction of surrealism.

In 1929 he met the love of his life, Gala, from whom he was inseparable until her death in 1982.  She was his muse and appears either obviously or in disguise in many of his works.  They moved to Paris during the Spanish Civil War and to the US during World War II.  In the US Dali became famous and eventually moved back to Spain and died in the Dali Theatre Museum in 1989.

The Teatre-Museu Dali is a neoclassical building constructed in 1848 and an Italian style theatre.  It was converted to the Dali Museum in 1974.  The entire structure of the museum and the contents was designed by Dali himself and you can imagine he had a pretty good time doing it.  However, being an ego maniac he did almost no editing so there are some great works to be seen and quite a bit that should not be seen (in my opinion).  Because Dali’s work is impossible to explain I’m going to share what we saw with little or no explanation.

Exterior of the Teatre-Museu Dali
Exterior of the Teatre-Museu Dali

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The church right next door to the museum where Dali was baptized.
The church right next door to the museum where Dali was baptized.
Downtown Figueres
Downtown Figueres
Entrance to the Teatre-Museu Dali
Entrance to the Teatre-Museu Dali
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Dali Monument
Entry hall of the museum
Entry hall of the museum

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The Cadillac is from the 1940s and never driven.  There is an umbrella at the top of the boat behind the car that slowly opens and it rains inside the car.
The Cadillac is from the 1940s and never driven. There is an umbrella at the top of the boat behind the car that slowly opens and it rains inside the car.
Next room is a large glass dome topped hall with a painting that at first looks like a nude painting from the back of Gala but when one takes a photo with a smartphone the pixels form the face of Abraham Lincoln.  Dali was definitely before his time.
Next room is a large glass dome topped hall with a painting that at first looks like a nude painting from the back of Gala but when one takes a photo with a smartphone the pixels form the face of Abraham Lincoln. Dali was definitely before his time.
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The large painting tapestry was painted in 1947 so must have been completed in the US. It reminds me of some of the imagery Dali produced for Walt Disney that helped secure his fame and fortune of course.
Mae West Room
Mae West Room
To get the full affect one must climb on to the camel and look through a special glass.
To get the full affect one must climb on to the camel and look through a special glass.
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The Camel
A fresco near the private rooms
A fresco near the private rooms
The couch
The couch
The bed (and the clocks)
The bed (and the clocks)
Watch out for the dropping baby
Watch out for the dropping baby
Michelangelo's Moses (in plaster)
Michelangelo’s Moses (in plaster)
Venus With Drawers, 1936
Venus With Drawers, 1936
I think this was an original Bouguereau.
I think this was an original Bouguereau.
Another of these can be seen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  That's a real loaf of bread and the ink set is of a famous work by Francois Millet "The Angelus".  It appears many times in Dali's work
Another of these can be seen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. That’s a real loaf of bread and the ink set is of a famous work by Francois Millet “The Angelus”. It appears many times in Dali’s work
A bust of the Baroque painter Velasquez in a room with Dali's take off on "Las Meninas"
A bust of the Baroque painter Velasquez in a room with Dali’s take off on “Las Meninas”. A tiny reproduction of the painting is across the artist’s forehead.
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One version of the Infanta from “Las Meninas”
A second version of the infanta from "Las Meninas"
A second version of the infanta from “Las Meninas”
Dali's full blown reinterpretation of "Las Meninas"
Dali’s full blown reinterpretation of “Las Meninas”
From upstairs you can see the boat very clearly.  The blue drops are condoms.
From upstairs you can see the boat very clearly. The column is made from truck tires and the blue drops are condoms.

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