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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

“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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.