Follow in the footsteps of Dalí!
Salvador Dali, one of the world’s best known surrealist artists, was born in Figueres – Costa Brava. His works are housed in the Dalí Foundation, which consists of three Spanish Dalí museums in Figueres, Púbol and Port Lligat (Cadaqués). They are visited by more than 1.5 million people every year.
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10 unique facts about Dalí …
- 1. Dalí & his brother
Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domènech was born on 11 May 1904 in Figueres. He is named after his older brother, who died exactly 9 months earlier, and was constantly compared with him.
- 2. Chupa Chups
In bad economic times, he was able to make good use of his commercial talent. In 1969 he was commissioned to make the logo for Chupa Chups. He insisted that the logo, with curly letters, be placed on top of the lollipop, so it will always be seen in its entirety.
- 3. His friends
Salvador liked to have famous friends, he felt good about this. He was in contact with artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and Sigmund Freud. But rock legends such as Elvis Presley and Alice Cooper also belonged to his inner circle. Dalí was a big fan of John Lennon, and invited him home for lunch.
- 4. Walt Disney
In 1945 he met Walt Disney at a party, a year later he made a short animation film with him; Destino. After financial setbacks, production came to a halt. This 6-minute film was finally released in 2003 by the Walt Disney Company.
- 5. The love of his life: Gala
In 1932 Salvador went to Paris, where he met Elena Ivanovna Diakonova (also called Gala). She later became his wife, muse & manager and stayed together until she died in 1982. He was never able to handle her death.
- 6. The Dali cookbook
Salvador had an obsession for good food, and this is reflected in his work; Basket of bread (1926) and Soft self-portrait with fried bacon (1941). He even compiled a cookbook (Les dîners de Gala) with collected grotesque and indulgent recipes for extravagant dinners that he organized with Gala.
- 7. Dominant Dalí
Salvador believed that he was the savior of painting, and felt superior to his contemporaries. A famous quote from him: I just want to be Salvador Dali and nothing else. He had a shocking and narcissistic personality, was dominant and not everyone’s friend.
- 8. Dalí & Hitler
Unlike most other artists, Hitler was an obsession for Dalí and painted him. One of his paintings initially looks like a landscape, but if you look closely it’s a photo of Hitler. Just before the Second World War breaks out, Dalí says: I often dreamed of Hitler as a woman.
- 9. Dalí & drugs
He said; I don’t do drugs, I am drugs. Whether he really did not use drugs is not known, but the artistic scene was known for it at the time. In surrealism, the subconscious mind was of great importance, and the work of Dalí gives rise to the suspicion that this has been the result of a drugstrip.
- 10. Dalí and his museum
In 1974 the Teatro Museo Dalí was opened in Dalí’s birthplace Figueres. Both his own works and works by artists he admired can be seen here. On January 23, 1989, Dalí died of cardiac arrest in the Gala tower of the museum in Figueres, where he lived for the last years of his life. He was buried here in a crypt below the stage.
Want to visit the Dalí museums?
That’s possible! There are 3 different museums in the so-called “Dalí Triangle”:
The Teatro Museo Dalí is the largest museum. He lived here the last years of his life, he died there too. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or can be ordered online on the website of the Dalí Foundation.
TIP: Daly by Night; This museum is also open in the evenings in August. Recommended!
The Casa-Museu Salvador Dalí is a museum in Port Lligat (Cadaqués), entirely devoted to the life of the artist. It is located in a villa where he lived for years, and a large part of his works were created here. Reservation is a must! More information on the website.
The Castell Casa-Museu Gala Dalí is located in Púbol, (Baix Empordà – Girona region). In this medieval castle, Dali’s creative efforts focused on one single person, his wife and muse Gala. The intention was to offer her a unique retreat and a place to rest. Gala is buried in this castle. Read more information on the website
Tip: To Dalí with the kids!
Salvador Dalí was an eccentric artist with a long curly mustache. But was it a genius? Or a complete idiot? Melting watches, a telephone in the shape of a lobster or a sofa formed by large red lips; Dalí’s work is a bit “crazy” and that really appeals to children!
Restaurant El Barroco Cadaqués, Dalí´s favorite!
El Barroco is also called the Dalí restaurant. In 1978 he designed the logo and he also liked to come there! The restaurant has a beautiful patio in a unique location in Cadaqués. And, of course, delicious food! Dali’s favorite dishes: Catalan Lamb, steamed mussels and grilled lobster. The restaurant offers Lebanese, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. Reserve a table in advance on the El Barroco website. Address: Carrer des Pla d’en Retalla, 2, 17488 Cadaqués
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