The Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Spain, is “the largest Surrealist object in the world.” I would add, it’s not a museum, not a theatre, but an immersion.
The TBEX travel blogger conference included the chance to sign up for a field trip to the Dalí Theatre-Museum, hosted by the Costa Brava Girona Tourism Board. On the same day, we did much more, including touring a winery and the vineyards of Empordalia, a farming co-op in Catalonia. More about that in a future post, but for now I will say it was a delicious treat to eat and drink local food and wine in the middle of the farming region where it’s all grown.
Back to Dalí. OK, I have been a visitor in a lot of museums and a volunteer in a few as well. I’ve got a diploma in the subject, which I mention only to suggest that I have seen some of the yardsticks by which museums can be measured.
The Dalí museum is partly a traditional art museum with paintings hanging on the walls. In any other art museum, those pieces would be the centre of attention, and certainly they deserve to be looked at and appreciated. But …
What I most want you to know about the Dalí museum is that it is also a giant art installation. At its core, you are inside the mind of the artist as it was, or may have been, for one brief, imaginary, surreal instant. You can look at Dalí’s work and be entertained and amused. You can walk through it, stand in it, and ponder the nature of consciousness. It’s your choice.
As you can tell I am struggling to get the experience into words. I don’t want to give a literal description of the art, though perhaps later I’ll try it, using pictures and drawing upon what experts have said about it. For now, I can only say that this museum presents the work of the artist in a unique and unforgettable way. Surreal.
I highly recommend it!