Salvador Dali Museum: Pros and Cons

 

Galatea of the Spheres. The Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Galatea of the Spheres by Salvador Dali

It was a long time ago when I first saw reproductions of Salvador Dali’s paintings and was deeply mesmerized by the sharpness, riot of colors and, of course, imagination of the artist. You can spend an eternity looking at tigers frozen mid-leap, or at the clocks hanging on branches in the desert and melting under the sun. What a miracle is made with blobs in the portrait of Gala, Galatea of the Spheres! It stands to reason that for me the Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres was an essential place to attend in Catalonia, Spain.


We drove to Figueres from Carcassonne, France, enjoying marvelous roads and landscapes. It was simple to find our Duran Hotel & Restaurant in Figueres. It is a tiny town.

Duran Hotel & Restaurant, Figueres, Catalonia Spain.

Duran Hotel & Restaurant in Figueres

Duran Hotel & Restaurant, Figueres, Catalonia Spain.

Duran Hotel & Restaurant, Figueres, Catalonia Spain.

Duran Hotel & Restaurant, Figueres, Catalonia Spain.

The restaurant in the hotel is famous for being visited by Dali, and its owner was his schoolmate as evidenced by numerous photos and pictures hanging on the walls and signed by the Master.

A drawing by Salvador Dali in the Duran Hotel & Restaurant, Figueres, Catalonia Spain.

A drawing by Salvador Dali

The menu

The menu of the Duran Hotel & Restaurant in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain, with drawings by Dali.

A school photograph. It is not hard to find Salvador among the pupils. His unconventional face clearly stands out from the crowd.

A school photograph in the Duran Hotel & Restaurant in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

In the hotel, we had an IKEA-style room; however, it had some hints of abstractionism or surrealism, or maybe we were just agog and saw them everywhere.

A room in the Duran Hotel & Restaurant, Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

The Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum is the only attraction in Figueres. His former house saves the town from being a neglected poor province.

The patio of the museum.

The patio of the Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

The Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Here is a car with rain inside and an ugly, sick, obese woman standing on its hood. Unhappy woman. This is the famous Dali installation. I came up closer to the car. It was sloppy and very dirty inside, and the mannequin sitting inside the car under the rain was also sloppy. So primitive. It turned out that every Dali installation was the same—sloppy and ordinary. I can hardly believe that they were created by the Master himself.

The car with a rain inside it. The Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

The ground floor. Pictures and drawings. Some of them were amazing, but others impressed me more some time ago, on illustrations.

Painting in the Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum, Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Impressive pictures by Dali, Figueres, Catalonia

Painting in the Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum, Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Painting in the Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum, Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Painting in the Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum, Figueres, Catalonia.

Painting in the Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum, Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Painting in the Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum, Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Music is a flow of sound waves. Pictures are a flow of colorful waves. Some of them really overwhelm you.

The Mae West installation. It is funny, but nothing more. It is known around the whole world, but definitely it is not the greatest artwork in the Salvador Dali Museum.

The Mae West installation in the Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum, Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

The Mae West installation in the Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum, Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Walls of the corridors are plastered with drawings of every imaginable creep, dwarf, troll and goblin. We can also find women there, but usually, they are lying down and all those freaks with crutches just trample them. That is weird. It seems to me that Dali was not a misogynist, but just the opposite.

Pictures and drawings in the rooms are different—some solid, some not, but where are all those works of art for which I came to the Salvador Dali Museum?! This one? “Tristan and Isolde.” Love! What action and energy!

Tristan and Isolde. The Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Tristan and Isolde

Or the self-portrait?

The self-portrait. The Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Salvador Dali.

Painting in the Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum, Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

A fresco 🙂

A fresco in the Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum, Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Here it is! The Persistence of Memory, the famous melting clocks! Alas. But it was just a copy on the carpet.

The Persistence of Memory. A copy on the carpet. The Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Step by step we reached the fourth, and final, floor. There was a collection of drawings made by ink and pencil. Bingo! Our trip was not in vain! It is worth visiting the Dali Museum only for them. I would say you should start your visit from the fourth floor to admire, imbibe and vanish into the Art. Then you can go down to other floors.

Well, who would ever guess that this set of rings revolving around the centers strung on needles could be Don Quixote? But it is clear from the first glance.

Don Quixote. A drawing by Dali. The Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Don Quixote

A tournament? A struggle? Medieval knights? Everything done in pencil.

A drawing by Dali. The Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Sword dance? Furious and bloody.

A drawing by Dali. The Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

An encounter again. My God! What a horse!!!!!

A drawing by Dali. The Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Sistine Madonna. There are no faces, but you still see them.

Sistine Madonna. A drawing by Dali. The Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Spear strike, run, knock down, one already lies on the ground. Victory! A brush into the paint… Bang, bang… Bones smashed into smithereens! A masterpiece is ready. The Master has left. Finish!

A drawing by Dali. The Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Whatever it is, it is definitely in pain.

A drawing by Dali. The Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Don Quixote again? Or thanks to Cervantes, all Spanish hidalgos look just the same to us?

A drawing by Dali. The Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

This is a mixture of a picture and a photograph.

Painting in the Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum, Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

A mixture of a picture and a photograph

It turned out that The Discovery of America By Christopher Columbus, Christ of Saint John of the Cross, The Persistence of Memory, and many other masterpieces by Dali are kept in museums of St. Petersburg, Florida (the second largest collection of Dali’s works after the Dali Theater-Museum in Figueres), Glasgow, and New York. 😦 Well, it means that I have at least one reason to visit the USA and Scotland.

Then we came to look at the Salvador Dali’s jewelry.

More about Spain:
Your Majesty, I Am Not Agree About Mezquita de Cordoba
Cochinillo Asado or Segovia’s Roast Suckling Pig—Please Bring the Second Portion!
Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi. The Sand Castle

37 Responses to “Salvador Dali Museum: Pros and Cons”

  1. Ship's Cook Says:

    Hi Victor

    Thanks for sharing these, Dali is one of my favourite artists and this place is certainly on my list of places to visit.

    Simon

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  2. Raiana Golden Says:

    If you have not seen it – google “Destino” – a short animated film by Dali and Walt Disney back in the day.

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  3. Amberr Meadows Says:

    Salvador Dali is fantastic. These photos are amazing. Lovely post 😉

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  4. Pat Bean Says:

    Thanks for sharing the art. It felt like I was touring the museum with you

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  5. Kay aka Babygirl Says:

    Some of this art is absolutely amazing. Your blog is definitely amazing. Can’t wait to read more of your posts.

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  6. travelerdude Says:

    Really cool pictures m8!

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  7. Travel Holiday Club Says:

    beautiful photos Victor! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. eof737 Says:

    Years after his death, the man and his art still captivates… I love your pictures. Great job! 🙂

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  9. oldmarion Says:

    thank you for your insight into this museum. like you say you cannot find this sort of information on the internet.

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  10. Edward Stafford Says:

    Wow! What amazing photos. I’ve been to the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida and his work is so impressive in person.

    Those first photos, I guess they are of your hotel? It looks like stepping back in time. Marvelous. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. lifethroughmy4eyes Says:

    A great post! Thank you!

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  12. TBM Says:

    I visited this museum in 2009 and absolutely loved it! Such an amazing place and a wonderful experience. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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  13. Nor'east Epicurean Says:

    I absolutley loved Figueres. It’s definitely worth the trip!

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  14. Brent Bellamy Says:

    Must have been an pretty cool experience!! I have had a couple of Salvador Dali’s prints on my walls over the years…one of my favorites was ‘Soft Watch at Moment of First Explosion’!

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  15. Glamorholic Says:

    I love Salvador Dali’s paintings, especially those who seem to melt. You took a photo of my favourite drawing, that with the desert and the objects melting…hmm…and I love the design of that bed..amazing.

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  16. Marta Says:

    Great post. When next in Barcelona visiting friends I will go there for the day, inspired by your post. If you like Dali you might like the Cactus Garden on Lanzarote island as when there I feel as if I am walking through a Dali painting e.g. see http://hungryglutenfreevegetarian.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/img_8911.jpg

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