Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dali Museum in Figueres

What a pleasant surprise! Since we had a rental car for the day, my husband suggested we take a trip to the Dali Museum in Figueres, a 2 hour trip north from Barcelona. It was a great way to start since the kids were quite jet lagged, they slept in the car.  Figueres is where Salvador Dali was born. I am not a huge fan of his work but I like his eccentricities.  The museum was a life long dream of Dali's. When the opportunity arose to purchase the run down theatre, he could not turn it down. This was one of the first places where he exhibited.  Plus he had a house not too far away in Cadaques.  Dali said "I want my museum to be like a single block, a labyrinth, a great surrealist object. It will be a totally theatrical museum. The people who come t see it will leave with the sensation of having had a theatrical dream."

Museo Theatro Dali

Before entering the musuem, we had no idea what they were plastered on the building. I won't tell you what our toilet minds thought they were. Knowing Dali...we wouldn't put it past him to think of something so weird. Dali had a huge fascination with bread. The walls are plastered with triangle shaped bread famous in this region. There were also eggs on top of the museum. These were the foods of his childhood.

This is a picture at the entrance. Dali, once gave a lecture wearing this scuba diving outfit. At one point, he was having a hard time breathing and was making motions for help but his audience thought it was part of his performance.

This barrel organ was rescued by Dali and turned into this surrealist orject. It is said to have been owned and used by two Bohemian from Figueres who filled the street with their music.
When you add coins, it rains inside this Cadillac. 

This is a room  with a couch shaped like lips, fireplace shaped like a nose and paintings representing the eyes. The painting is on display at Art Institue of Chicago. Also there is my son's finger picking the nose. Such a funny guy!

Overall, it was a great visit. The kids have said that they really enjoyed the town of Figueres and would like to come back again. 

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