Dali: A Museum Creator

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You may be familiar with the Salvador Dalí Museum in St Petersburg, Florida, but have you heard of the Dalí Theater-Museum? This museum, located in Dalí’s hometown of Figueres, Spain, was conceived and created by the artist himself.

The museum was built on the former grounds of the Municipal Theater which Dalí felt was the perfect location.

“The Municipal Theatre, or what remained of it, struck me as very appropriate, and for three reasons: first, because I am an eminently theatrical painter; second, because the theatre stands right opposite the church where I was baptised; and third, because it was precisely in the hall of the vestibule of the theatre where I hosted my first  exhibition.”

 

Since the museum was designed by Dalí, it is considered the world’s largest surrealist object. In a surrealist way, the works are not displayed in any chronological or thematic manner. However, the museum does contain works of art from various stages of his life. Viewers can see some of his earliest artistic pieces, mid-career Surrealist ones, and works from late in his life. The museum also displays work by other artists including Marcel Duchamp and El Greco.

The architecture and design of the building is playful and theatrical. Noticeable features of the exterior include a transparent globe and a tower with egg-like sculptures on the roof. On the inside, there is a room designed to look like the American actress Mae West.

The museum held such importance for Dalí that he is buried in a crypt below the stage floor. 

The museum was inaugurated in 1974, and it is still open to visitors today. 

 

View Salvador Dali’s largest suite of prints from November 4th  to January 26th at Baterbys Art Gallery. All 105 lithographs from his Biblia Sacra will be on display. Don’t miss out on this amazing exhibition of the greatest Surrealism artist. Admission is only $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. For more information please visit the event page. See you there!

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