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.