Teatro-Museu Dali (Museum of Salvador Dali) is one of the most significant works of the world-famous surrealist artist, Salvador Dali.
It is located around 140 km outside of Barcelona, in town called Figueres that is situated in the area of Costa Brava and it is the hometown of the well-known painter.
Both the museum’s design and the paintings exhibited in it can be considered to be an important surrealist masterpiece.
The Design and Structure
The Museum is located in the municipal theater building of the town, and was built by Dali himself. It was seriously damaged during the Spanish Civil War and was renovated and reopened in 1966.
Similar to many other buildings designed by Dali, the museum does not look like a regular construction. It seems like a huge surrealist object which is decorated with odd and weird elements. The massive glass dome and the big patio are the most impressive parts of the design. The golden statues on the top of the building, mainly the giant golden eggs, are famous icons of the town.
The structure of the building and the different motifs used by Dali refers to sexuality, death, insanity and to the artist’s wife Galla who was quite an extreme personality by herself. The Teatro-Museu Dali is a very unique and fascinating place, toward which nobody can be really indifferent. It is the work of an extremely technical and accurate but very imaginative and creative genius.
Who was Salvador Dali?
Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, shortly known as Salvador Dali, was a world-famous surrealist Catalan artist. He was born in 1904 and was one of the most significant surrealist artists in the 20th century. He was greatly influenced by artists from the Renaissance period but presented their themes in a new, extraordinary, way which is full of imagination and disassemble the boundaries between dream and reality.
What do you see in the Museum of Salvador Dali?
The art of Dali means disassembling of boundaries and mixture of different times, classical style becomes modern and different features blends. The boundaries between different objects disassemble too, so that a hand can become a giraffe that becomes a woman’s body. There are several pictures where sexes are mixed too.
Many of Dali’s works create the illusion of a picture within a picture, by the merging of the width and depth dimensions. Other pictures contain many small details that compose one big picture. Dali examined a lot and tried to represent the human soul, different emotions and people’s perception of the reality.
All of these characterize Dali’s art, an art of dream where there are no clear boundaries between reality and imagination. Visitors to the museum will often feel that they are inside one of Dali’s dreams.