In the footsteps of Dalí
The artist's birthplace in Figueres (Girona) will open its doors to visitors in July. The Catalan city also hosts the Dali Museum.
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Those who decide to cross the Atlantic this summer to visit Barcelona should take into account a small detail: just an hour away by train (high speed) you can get to Figueres (Girona), the city where Salvador Dalí was born.
Figueres is not only home to the main museum dedicated to the work of the genius of Catalan painting, but also to the home where he was born and lived for the first seven years of his life.
Located in a modernist building dating from 1898, Salvador Dalí's birthplace will open its doors next July, giving visitors an opportunity to learn more about the artist and understand his artistic legacy.
According to EFE news agency, the rehabilitation and musealization of the building cost about 3 million euros (3.25 million USD).
The visit to Dalí's birthplace begins in the office of his father's notary, on the first floor of the building, and continues on the mezzanine, where the house was located.
The artist's room still preserves the original painting and the drawing of a woman lying down, whose authorship is unknown. In the room, visitors can learn about the artist's relationship with his siblings, Salvador (who died nine months before he was born) and Ana Maria, and with his father, who eventually threw him out of the house.
The tour of the three-story house also includes projections, sound and voice recordings, images and maps to learn more about the artist's travels and performances, as well as his personal life.
According to statements made by the Figueres Town Hall to the EFE news agency, "it will be the only space in the world in which the figure of the surrealist genius will be interpreted and his thousand faces will be revealed".
"It will be an opportunity to better understand a figure as multifaceted as this surrealist painter, since "Dalí will be experienced from multiple facets: personal, artistic, writer, thinker, performer and science lover," they said, according to EFE.
Another must-see in Figueres is the aforementioned Dalí Theater-Museum, inaugurated in 1974 and built on the remains of the former Municipal Theater of Figueres. The building, unmistakable thanks to the eggs that adorn its façade, is considered the last great work of Salvador Dalí. Everything in it was conceived and designed by the artist with the purpose of offering visitors a true experience and taking them inside his captivating and unique world.
The collection of the Dalí Theater-Museum allows the viewer to apprehend the entire artistic career of Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) through the widest range of works, including surrealism, nuclear mysticism and a passion for science.
As Dalí himself explained: "It is obvious that there are other worlds, that's for sure; but, as I have said many times, those other worlds are in ours, they reside on earth and precisely in the center of the dome of the Dalí Museum, where the whole unsuspected and hallucinating new world of surrealism is located".