If you ever visit Barcelona, it is well worth considering taking a day trip to Figueres. The town is famous for being the birthplace of the eccentric artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989). Salvador Dali designed an entire museum, both inside and out from the remains of the former Municipal Theater which was destroyed in 1939 from the Spanish Civil War. The museum is bizarre , interesting, fascinating, and mind-boggling all at once.
Dali was known as a surreal artist. He had a personal style that was unique and indescribable which made him very well known. He described the inspiration of his art as ‘the world of the unconscious that is recalled during dreaming'. Dali was born exactly 9 months and 10 days after the first Salvador Dali died at only 21 months. His parents believed that their second son was a reincarnation of the first. Dali used to say that he was born twice, a double self, someone who did not exist because he was only half a person. It was this unique way of thinking about life and all of its aspects that made him such a memorable artist.
Dali studied art at the Royal Academy of Art in Madrid, but he was expelled twice and never took his final exams. He is the only known artist who had two museums dedicated exclusively to his works while he was alive. Dali was considered to be a genius by some and insane by others. The museum in Figueres definitely reflects both theories. Dali’s designs will have you looking and contemplating the art for hours. It is a very interactive museum, so even if you are not an art lover, this is a museum you can appreciate. It will keep you guessing!
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