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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.

Fashion show.

Sensorium Grand Gala of Surrealism

…the revival of Surrealism: We normally go in search for art and not the other way around. The atmosphere in Cadaqués last saturday raised the feeling, that the art itself went hunting. It‘s probably Dalís legacy, that the scene along the coast in North Catalonia is ruled by the Surrealism. We associate it with yonder brillant and bizarre art movement, but it was also a way of living for the artists at the time. Dalís legendary parties were almost as famous as his dreamy paintings. The crazier, the better was the motto – and the impossible was made possible.

Exactly that was, what inspired the organizers of the Grand Gala of Surrealism, which took place in Cadaqués for the first time this September and was contributed by many international artists. The group behind the project is called immaginae, comes from Italy and is co-organizer of the annual Florence Design Week. Dalí’s presence now attracted them to Catalonia. Making art not only sense perceivable, but also tangible  – so the idea. And in fact, the whole day was something in the air. Installations appeared out of the nowhere between the bathers on the beach, emitting a magical blue light at dusk. Eccentric hats and quirky jewelery creations were sold on the market. The intention of the immaginae group was the free developement of art and creativity and the visitors were asked to interact.

Working behind the bar.

However, the daily programm was only the calm before the storm. Shortly after sunset, cars suddenly wound their way up the road to Portlligat and a colorful and bizarre-looking crowd with hats flow into the Villa Ses Vistes. They accepted the invitation to the actual Gala of Surrealism, where the prominent and art-loving audience showed creativity – costumes were explicitly welcomed. Already at the beginning of the party, became the terrace of the Villa scene for a Défilé that reminded of Vivenne Westwoods craziest collections. The women appeared in pompous dresses with giant hats made of color palettes or eggs, butterflies were caught in hair, a real lobster sat on one of the heads.

Creatures.

The barrel of Surrealism seemed finally to be overflowed and had poured over everybody. After the first Gin Tonics, the culinary experience started – just as colorful, creative and surprising as the costumes of the guest. The party could start after this delightful entry. The terrace was transformed into a stage on which not only dancers, but also singers and artistes entertained and animated the audience with a fascinating as well as shocking programm.

Dancers at the Grand Gala of Surrealism.

The mix of artistic, culinary and interactive acts created an electrifying atmosphere that lasted all night. This event proved that Dalí-like parties in today‘s time are as spectacular as they were in the past and that Surrealism can be more than just an art movement. Some will be woken up the next day wondering whether they‘ve just dreamed. The best is, that the Sensorium Grand Gala of Surrealism was just the first escapade of the immaginae group. They‘ll return to Cadaqués next summer to liberate the fantasy for a second time from its gilded cage.

Catwoman.

Spectacular view from the gardens of Cap Roig.

An inspiring place- beautiful Costa Brava

How does inspiration feel like? It‘s the sweet taste of joy that sticks to your tongue, when life has  just revealed one of its little secrets and you know, that you can do what ever you want with it and you don‘t have to share it with anybody. Even if being inspired is a great feeling, it‘s normally hiding in a dark corner – it seems rather to be a shy deer than a tame lamb and it appears only if you built your castles high enough in the air.No free toughts, no inspiration – it‘s not possible to bond it. There may be words in which it‘s hiding or a movie or a painting. But it can also be found in some places.

The inspiring landscape of the Costa Brava.O

ne of the most famous residents of the Costa Brava, Salvador Dalí, once said about his hometown Cadaqués: “Furthermore I only love Cadaqués, my own center, which is the whole world on the edge of the sea.”He was not the only person, who fell in love with the rough coastline – there‘s hardly any famous artist to be found, who didn‘t get lost here at least once in a lifetime. Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Paul Elúard , Andre Breton, Man Ray and Marcel Duchcamp are just some of the many and even if you are a very rational person, it‘s hard not to immerse yourself into a fantasy world, surrounded by this landscape. The air of the place smells of creativity and if you look at it long enough, it becomes a treasure chest full of inspiration.

Hidden spot at the coast.

The Costa Brava seems with its bizarre beauty like a rough diamond, on which the light refracts as if you would look trough a colorful kaleidoscope. You only have to glance at the Cap de Creus or the endless beaches of the region. The motionless silhouette of the Pyrenees is framing the sea like a sleeping giant – clouds pass across the sky like the blow of a breath. You can hear the ghosts of the past whisper in romantic mountain villages like Oix or Setcasa or you can just lose yourself in one of the many beautiful coastal towns.

Spectacular view from the gardens of Cap Roig.

The Costa Brava is mostly known as a holiday paradise for families and young people, but it can also be seen as a perfect example for yonder frenetic, multi-faceted artist’s life, Salavdor Dalí was living – when you follow his track along the coast and visit his residence in Portlligat or his museum in Figueres, it‘s obvious, that many of his works are inspired by the nature and that Cadaqués was the place, where he could hang onto his dreams.There‘s hardly a place on earth where it‘s easier to free your spirit and it‘s worthwhile to go off the beaten track of the travelers and to search for your own sources of inspiration – you will be surprised how many secrets are waiting to be brought to life.