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Figueres Dalí museum

Figueres: artistic flair guaranteed!

 

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Església de Sant Pere in Figueres

Figueres – small town charm. Those who are looking for a bit of variety and urban feeling – even if it’s just on a small scale – should give the charming town Figueres a go. The relaxing atmosphere is perfect for a stroll through the town and some window-shopping – I’m sure your wallet won’t stay put for long! From charming, classy boutiques to bigger fashion chains – Figueres has it all. The city also has a range of culinary treasures to offer to its visitors. For those who are looking for restaurants in a beautiful ambiance, the square in front of the town’s church is the place to be. Lean back and watch the colorful life of the city.

Dalí everywhere!

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Dalís impressive sculptures!

But now moving on to a man who gave Figueres its artistic flair and made the town known around the world. Yes, you guessed right: Salvador Dalí! Because what would be an article about Figueres without mentioning Catalonia’s most prestigious artist? Exactly: simply incomplete and not capturing the town’s character. Strolling through the Catalan streets, stumbling upon Dalís works of art over and over, you can definitely tell: Figueres takes immense pride in the surrealist.

 

Teatre-Museu Dalí – Figueres pride and joy

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The famous facade with its colossal eggs

His most impressive and noticeable work would be the Teatre-Museu Dalí in the city centre. The matte red facade with its oversized eggs representing love and hope, the enormous dome-shaped roof and the strikingly beautiful front with its countless details that alone take up a couple of minutes to observe, give a first hint of what’s hiding behind the old walls of Figueres’ former municipal theatre.

 

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Night at the museum

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Impressive facade of the Teatre-Museu Dalí

Every summer the museum offers its art-loving visitors a special treat: exclusive nighttime tours including a glass of champagne! But beware: the tours that take place between 10pm and 1 am are extremely popular. Get your tickets early enough and I guarantee you won’t be sorry! The short period of waiting doesn’t bother us because now in the evening time a light breeze is blowing in front of the museum and you don’t feel like melting in the sun anymore like one of Dalís famous clocks.

 

 

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Beautiful details at the entrance

Entering the Teatre-Museu Dalí we immediately get goose bumps all over our bodies. In the semicircular inner courtyard where all of the different figures and sculptures are magically displayed with spot lights shining on them, our eyes wander directly to the giant glass dome. Especially at night the outside area of the museum spreads a special charm because now the stars are shining – almost kitschy – above our heads.

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The sparkling glass dome at the museum

Figueres’ famous museum – fascinating and multi-faceted

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Much more than just the famous clocks!

We continue our visit through the different rooms and notice in amazement: Dalís works of art were extremely multi-faceted. There is so much more to the artist than just the „Melting Clocks“. You could spend hours studying and interpreting every little detail of his art work. Dalí once said to his friend (and rival) Picasso: „Picasso es un genio, yo también“ meaning “Picasso is a genius but so am I“. Well, he wasn’t particularly humble…but he also didn’t have any reason to be!

 

 

 

Surrealistic dream

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Dalís huge artwork

Those who still haven’t had enough after a couple of hours in the surrealistic museum, now have the chance to stock up on souvenirs from the gift shop. And if you developed a certain fascination with the artists life and motivation like I did, grab yourself a copy of Dalís autobiography “The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí“ and start reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking through a window in Portlligat

New Dalí-documentation “The secret life of Portlligat”

On July 1st, the new documentation about the extraordinary artist Salvador Dalí and his life in Portlligat premiered in the Sala Art i Joia in Cadaqués. The film was produced by the Dalí Foundation and directed by David Pujol.

Dalí – great painter and architect

You can say whatever you want about Salvador Dalí, whether he was a genius or simply insane, but he definitely had a great talent. The extroverted artist loved to provoke and to be always centre stage. His work is not only well known in Europe, but also in the US he was very successful. In 1936, with only 32 years, he already appeared on the Time Magazine’s cover. He created most of his work in the only studio in his house in Portlligat, close to Cadaqués. Dalí himself built the house by assembling various fishing huts.

Bay of Portlligat

With the old fishing boats, the bay of Portlligat looks very charming.

Polar bear in the house

Today, his house is a museum giving a great insight in the life of the famous painter. For example, you can find a huge stuffed polar bear, stuffed swans and other birds and bizarre decoration. On the roof you can see the famous white eggs, which are also on the roof of the museum in Figueres. The egg is one of Dalí’s favourite and often used symbol in his work. From the terrace you have a beautiful view to Portlligat and its hilly surrounding. Apart from the unusual decoration, as a visitor you get intimate insights in the private life of Dalí. You can even have a look in his bedroom and bathroom.

Stiffed polar bear in the museum

Dalí indeed had an unique taste.

La vida secreta de Portlligat. La casa de Salvador Dalí

Pujols documentation “La vida secreta de Portlligat. La casa de Salvador Dalí” as well uses these private moments. The film throws new light on the deep relationship Dalí had with the landscape of Cadaqués, Portlligat and the Cap de Creus. Also, it revolves around the relationship to Dalís father and his sister.
Director David Pujol said: “I wanted to show Dalí in his studio. The painter in his sanctum sanctorum. The man in his habitat. And Gala. (…) I wanted to capture the constant to-and-fro between everyday life and exile, between interior and exterior, between intimacy and extraversion”.

Poster of the new Dalí documentation

The new film by David Pujol promises private insights into the life of Dalí.

Dalí from a different angle

One day in the life of Dalí

Exposition in the Gala Dalí Castle in Púbol

The temporary exposition in the Gala Dalí Castle in Púbol gives visitors the chance to get an impression of the private Dalí – his work in his studio and the life with his wife Gala. From March 15 until January 7, 2018, you can see photographs of both of them, made by Ricardo Sans, a Spanish photographer.

Ricardo Sans’ heritage

The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation bought around 900 pictures from the Ricardo Sans heritage, which where taken by him during his cooperation with Dalí. Both got to know each other in 1949, through mutual friends. Since then, Sans documented them with his photographs between 1949 and 1956. The exhibition is divided into four different sections: portraits of Salvador Dalí (1949-1956), portraits of Gala (1951-1953), portraits of Salvador Dalí and Gala (1951-1954) and their everyday life in Portlligat (1950-1956). Organized by huge picture frames, the images seem like a photo album visitors can “leaf through“.

Visitors watching the phptographs

We were very interested in observing the private Dalí and Gala in the photographs.

Photographs showing the Dalís from different sides

The pictures give an insight into the private life of Dalí and make possible a better understanding of the extroverted artist. Some photos show him eating sea urchins, other while painting the Christ of Saint John of the Cross. The portraits of Gala show her mostly posing in front of the camera, with a smile on her lips. There are two photographs standing out, both of them are double exposed. The first one shows Dalí with his better half in their courtyard of their house. The second one shows Dalí hiding in the living room, typical surrealist style, showing that Salvador Dalí knew better than anyone else how to draw attention.

 

Eccentric Dalí and Gala

Dalí with the love of his life, Gala in their house in Portlligat.

Dalí as designer

The exposition is definitely worth a visit, because you can also visit the Gala Dalí Castle at the same time. In its on special way, the medieval building, which was given to Gala as a present from Dalí, gives you the possibility to immerse in their lives. Dalí himself furnished and designed the castle for Gala, the love of his life. A glass table serving as a peephole for observing their guests or a radiator covered with a painting of the exact same radiator are only a few examples for Dalí’s creativity.

Golden water tap

A very unique detail is the golden water tap in Gala’s bathroom.

 

 

Fairytale scenery

Les Orgues d’Ille-sur-Têt – unique sandstone world!

Enchanted sandstone rocks

Mother nature often creates unique worlds like in Ille-sur-Têt, near Perpignan. In front of the imposing backdrop of Canigou (2784 m) sandstone sculptures protrude in front of the bright blue horizon. The landscape looks just like a fairy tale! These sugar towers that are created by erosion could have possibly inspired Antoni Gaudí when he planned his Sagrada Família. This great spectacle of nature can be reached from Costa Brava by car in about an hour. To explore the so called „Cheminées de Fées“ (‚fairy chimney‘) it takes about an half an hour walk.

 

Impressive and high sandstone figures

Fairy chimneys as a source of inspiration.

 

First we enter the amphitheater that is surrounded by a fairytale backdrop of stone. It looks marvelous! New forms arise every time it rains. The nature is here its own sculptor! The rock needles protrude up to 15 meters into the sky. With a little imagination one can recognize mythical creatures, various animal heads or models with modern hats.

 

City out of sand stones

Natural art

 

We stroll through the maze of stones. We are enjoying the view and capture beautiful moments with our camera. This is for sure a relaxing trip into another world. We decide to go back to the sea and enjoy the backdrop from there. On our way back we stop by to walk around and do some shopping in the streets of Collioure. Taking the way back along the beautiful coast after a trip to France is more than recommendable! Through the serpentines we drive back to Costa Brava. We cannot get enough of the beautiful sea-views. Green vineyards, turquoise sea, blue sky – there is beauty wherever you look! These amazing landscapes remind on paradise and are truly meditation for the soul. A trip to Orgues is definitely a great excursion tip for a mild sunny day in autumn.

 

Unique world of Ille-sur-Têt

Sandstone towers from further away

How to reach Ille-sur-Têt

– from Figueres in about 50 min
– First, motorway AP8 to Perpignan, then towards Andorra. After that exit the expressway N 116 at Ille-sur-Têt.

Alternatively:
First, take NII behind Le Boulou exit towards Thuir via D 612 to Ille-sur-Têt. Here you drive comfortably through villages along wineries. Buy Fruits at the roadside and taste delicious wine of the region in one of the wineries. A picturesque landscape framed by the massif of Canigou awaits you.

Follow the signs “Site des Orgues“ in Ille-sur-Têt until you reach the parking lot behind the place.

Buy tickets (price: 5€) at the parking lot and then follow the marked path. After about 800 meters you reach the entrance to the rock spectacle. Do not forget your camera!

 

“Night at the Museum” – Dalí to Touch and Feel

Being in a museum at night once in a lifetime is a wish that many of us have since the blockbuster “Night At The Museum“ came up. This movie shows us that some things might change at night at the museum – you experience adventures and exhibits turn to live. After sunset, Ben Stiller has to fight against the chaos within the exhibitions. Salvador Dalí, one of the most important surrealist painters of the 20th century, attracted us this night to visit his hometown for an interesting dinner as well as an impressive visit to his museum.


The night startet at the restaurant called Coordenades with a surreal dinner. First, sparkling wine and water was served, accompanied by some starters which look different to what they tasted – just surreal. Pieces of watermelon dunked into gin, magdalenas (small sweet cakes) made of olives, and snacks out of popcorn started our menu. This is how the evening should go on – a jelly onion soup having the shape of the well-known Dalí egg, framed by a mousse out of potatoes, “winged“ fish with almonds as a main course, accompanied by the best suiting wines.

 

Onion-Soup-Dinner-Dali

To conclude the dinner, mousse au chocolat, broken chocolate, chopped and caramelized nuts and a lake out of orange juice, decorated with melting clocks out of gelantin, demonstrating the run out of time, were served.

The motto definitely was “taste, look, and being stunned and surprised“. Our conclusion is clear: Joining two components which normally aren’t associated with each other can be really stunning and even delicious.

Mousse-au-Chocolat-Dinner-Dali

The evening went further as we headed towards the Dalí Museum which had been installed and designed by the painter himself. The event „Dalí at Night“ can be visited the whole August from 22pm to 1am, the last entrance is at 23.30 pm and tickets have to be reserved online.

From the entrance hall we quickly got into a great hall with a cupola made of class which can already be seen from outside the museum. The night sky with many stars could be seen through the glass and many visitors stood still and looked skywards, enjoying the fantastic view. Other payed 1€ to switch on the lights in a car that stood in the hall. Figures that sat in the car were poured over by water and looked scary. We didn’t know whether this had any sense.

Dali-Museum-Cupola

Following the gallery, we saw many other rooms which all contained different works of arts. Some contained vast canvas, others figures or wall paintings. Behind a curtain, we found the alleged final resting place of Dalí to which he was apparently brought to after his death. Going up the stairs, a roundabout on which a sofa, formed as a mouth, a kind of cupboard, which looked like a nose and two paintings which gave an idea of two eyes, were waiting for uns. The queue to the round sight glass was long, everyone wanted to take a look through it to only the the certain part of the whole work of art which should show a face.

Dali-Face-Museum

Passing by wall paintings and portraits of Dalí, we reach one of the inner terraces on which a black and white movie showed Dalí as a human, an artist and his work within the construction of the museum which former was a theatre. We got a glass of sparkling wine for free and relaxed a few minutes in the warm summer breeze to be fit for the exhibition of Dalí’s jewellery. The collection “Dalí, joies“ produced due to Dalís design were sparkling like Thousand and One Nights. Brooches made of gold with a Madonna in the centre, having the shape of a mouth filled with diamonds or an eye whose iris reflected the run out of time… We would be lucky to possess those treasures.

Dali-Jewellery-Night-Museum

A bit breathless because of the amount of work of arts, but still impressed by the amplitude of Dalí’s creativity and change, we stepped out onto the crowded street where many people were already on their way to Acústica, a music festival whose concerts are mostly free. Those people were looking forward to a different kind of cultural offer.

 

 

One of Dalís Portraits of Gala

Might and Diveneness – Dalís muse Gala

Deified muse and creature of poetry, object of sexual appetite and artistic producing. It’s quite easy to follow Dalís track along the Costa Brava, but who was actually the woman by his side, appearing in numberless paintings of the artist and bearing the mystical name Gala? In the centre of the small village Púbol is a castle located, which appears quite simple except of Dalís long – legged elephants, which glance over the stony walls like intent guardians. In contrary to the Dalí museum in Figueres or the artist’s house in Portlligat, which allure crowds of tourists during the summermonths, this dreamy spot is surrounded by a pleasant silence.

In 1968 bought Dalí the castle for his adored wife Gala. It was a place of privacy for her and it was difficult to break trough the cocoon of might, that Gala had created during her life.  Even Dalí had to ask her for permission every time he visited her in the following years. Who was this woman with the shady face of an eagle and the dark eyes, whose lips looked like they were hardly ever decorated with a smile? Gala, who was actually named Jelena, was born in 1894 in Russia – her family was deeply religious and she soon adopted this character trait. The peaky girl spent her adolescence in a sanatorium, where she first met the poet Paul Éluard – he was going to be her first husband and father of her child, which Gala was never interested in.

Many of Galas Portrait can be found in the museum in Figueres.

The girl already adored art in this early years and even though she never actual did art by herself, it later became her purpose in life. It was Pauls attraction, who impressed her with his poetic talent and for whom the exotic girl became a limitless source of inspiration, which aroused Galas wish to live a life only for art and love. The perfect symbiosis of an artist and his muse, which already became apparent in her first marriage, was characteristic of Galas relationships – in 1921, she carried on with Max Ernst, a complicated love triangle followed and her marriage started to break to pieces. It looked like the 27 – year old, who was often described as an uncommunicative and cranky person, was slowly outgrowing her role as wife and mother – she wanted to escape the comfortable nest.

Another famous Portrait of Gala.

In 1929, she finally met the unknown Dalí in Cadaqués – the bizarre character of the artist, who immediately fell in love with Galas rough beauty, became her escapism. A few days later, Paul started back for home without his wife. Gala was already caught up in a new romance and nevermore came back to him. What was it, that made Gala chose this new life? Had Dalí she finally turned into the untouchable goddess, she always wanted to become? She was not only the artist‘s precious muse, but also his astute manager, who helped him to become more and more famous. Even if Gala is often described as a cold person, she seemed to have a soft core – when Dalí fell ill, his wife was nursing him for a long time, until she died. Till this day, no one really knows, where she is buried – supposedly Dalí brought her to Púbol.

How to get there:
Casa – Museo Castillo Gala Dalí
Plaza Gala Dalí, E – 17120 Púbol – la Pera

Opening hours:
Juni – September: 10.00 Uhr – 20.00 Uhr
September – November: 10.00 Uhr – 18.00 Uhr
November – Dezember: 10.00 Uhr – 17.00 Uhr
Januar – März: geschlossen
Außerhalb der Sommermonate Montags geschlossen!

Price:
Ticket regulär: 8 Euro
Ticket ermäßigt: 6 Euro

CASA SALVADOR DALÍ – Portlligat – Cadaqués

Gala Salvador Dalí foundation was presented:

The new addition to the museum

Visiting Casa Salvador Dalí is always well worth the effort – not only for the spectacular views onto the bay and its ever-changing light, but also for the many details such as photos, decor, and works of art. Now, there is another good reason to pay a visit to the world of Dalí and Gala: the olive groves just behind the house. Partially open to the public during this year’s summer, there are many surprises just waiting to be discovered. There is Dali’s Milky Way, for example, where he and his muse are said to have walked on stilts. Furthermore, his egg-crowned garden studio can also be found in this very olive grove. Under the studio’s translucent roof, the artist and master of illusion used to create the sculptures and performances he had dreamt about. The charismatic surrealist and his contemporary artists are now closer than ever – due to video installations.

Visiting Casa Salvador Dalí is always well worth the effort The new addition to the museum was presented to press and public by Antoni Pitxot, deputy president of the Gala Salvador Dalí foundation, and Lluis Penuelas, the foundation’s secretary, in August. Just before sunset, and with a glass of Cava, is the best time to stroll through the garden and be ever so slightly jealous at Dali and Gala, who used to have this lovely and enchanting sanctuary of a garden all for themselves. Luckily, the garden is still the paradise it used to be back then and the feeling of peace and quiet has been preserved up until today.