Do you want to be surprised? Let’s visit (virtually) the Dali Museum, Figueres
Today, to dispel your boredom, we will go to the world of Dali – where most of his works are concentrated and where he, according to his will, is located in the Dali Theatre and Museum in Figueres. But firstly we will say a few words about the artist himself.
Surely you’ve heard a thousand times about such an artistic direction as surrealism, and about one of its most famous representatives, Salvador Dali. However, as a extremely extravagant and shocking person, he was in no hurry to explain to everyone his bizarre, multi-detailed works.
Best version of his brother
Salvador is the savior. But what did he save? Art? His own life? Or maybe sound mind?
Yes, indeed, from his own words we see that he was, like, called to save all art and bring it to a new level, but we are sure, dear readers, that you always misunderstand him at all or not completely.
Do you know that Dali tried to become a better person all his life because he became no less than a replacement for his unborn brother? The artist tried to be as good as his brother could have been, and did not forget about it for a single minute.
He had a poor health, so the whole family paid him a lot of attention from childhood, and he kept this need for attention for his whole life.
He lost his mother early, at the age of 17, and he experienced this loss quite hard.
Then, his father drove him out of the family for the attitude that Dali expressed in relation to the memory of his mother. Salvador said that he “spits on her.” Shocking? Perhaps, in case if you do not go into details. But if you do, everything will become clear.
The basis of his work was the unconscious (images from dreams). The main ideological teacher is Freud, according to the theories of which the love for the opposite sex in a child begins with love – in the literal sense of the word – for his parent of the opposite sex. Thus, by designating his disregard for his mother, the
artist just wanted to say that he overcame the Oedipus complex and was able to fall in love like an adult, truly.
He was a jack of all trades and used all possible, at first glance, incompatible materials.
He exalted his love, Gala, in all possible images of his work, whether it was a painting or a sculpture. Let’s agree, few men love their soul mate so openly, passionately.
So there is an honest man, energetic and somewhat extravagant, but no less brilliant – because of its ability to show us all the twilight world of the subconscious with such amazing accuracy, with some humor, intrigue, that he leaves no one indifferent.
Can you say what connects Dali and Leonardo da Vinci? Sleeping mode! Both creators preferred a two-hour sleep regimen, in four intervals of half an hour through equal periods of time.
Dali used talking to us using his special terms, the language of symbols. We will reveal to you the value of some of them before going to the museum.
Drawers – a symbol of the subconscious, the hidden desires.
Burning Giraffe – image of the impending war.
Pears – easily readable personification longed female form. Besides it also has another, rather unexpected value – the love of Jesus for humanity.
Cypress. Sitting at the school, Dali often looked out the window at growing cypresses, trying to understand how much is left before the end of the school day. So it have become a symbol of the measurement time for him.
Crutch – reliance, a subject that the artist uses in many paintings to support the soft structures.
Grasshopper – since childhood, the artist was panicky afraid of these insects, they symbolize fear.
Lion – a symbol of male potency. All Dali king of the animals depicted in the position of superiority.
Lobster – a symbol of virginal innocence. “As lobsters, young girls are exquisite inside. How do lobster, their shield – a work of architecture. Like lobsters, they redden, when someone wants to make them edible. “
Elephants – the animals symbolizing dominance. Despite this, their bodies always have thin fragile legs, indicating the fragility of the greatness and power.
First things first about Dali Museum
Even from far, the museum building looks catchy – at the top it is crowned with huge chicken eggs, a symbol of prosperity and the birth of something new, that is, art.
On the walls of the museum you will find gilded … bread. Since Dali was terribly afraid of the poverty that his father had predicted for him, in the artist’s interpretation, bread became a symbol of wealth.
A diver will welcome you on the facade of the museum – a symbol of immersion in the subconscious. By the way, Dali held some of his lectures in a diving suit, responding to the bewilderment of those around him that it was easier for him to concentrate. After all, the subconscious is quickly slipping away, and it was possible to find it only half asleep. Hence, by the way, the artist’s famous method is a dream with a spoon in his hand over a copper basin. As soon as Dali began to doze, his hand was opened and the spoon fell on the basin, making a loud sound, which Dali woke up from.
Inside, at the entrance, there is a “Rainy Taxi” with a sculpture of Esther, the goddess of revenge, on it. At the top, the Gala ship is floating, decorated below … with colored condoms.
The history of this rainy taxi, the codelac brought by Dali from America, is quite entertaining. Once, in rainy weather, the artist was walking home without an umbrella, and he saw people passing by in a taxi. Salvador was angry at how comfortable it was for those inside the car, and how bad he felt. So the creator decided to take revenge. Here you have the story of how life goes into art – Dali just placed rain INSIDE the car, so that the passengers were uncomfortable. Well, you can cause the rain itself with just one coin.
On the ground floor you will find a picture combining a portrait of Abraham Lincoln and a naked Gala at the same time.
The backdrop of the stage, painted by Dali himself for the ballet “Labyrinth”, is also interesting.
In May West, you will come across two paintings, large voluminous lips on the floor and curtains – this whole bizarre ensemble turns into a portrait of a popular actress, a sex symbol of the time, if you look at everything in the lens next to the camel.
On the second floor is the “Palace of the Wind” by the name of the grand picture on the ceiling. We look below not at the sky, but at the earth, on which you can see the feet of Dali and Gala.
Inside the hall is a small copy of Newton’s statue and its law of gravity.
There is a portrait of Beethoven “painted” by cuttlefish and corrected by Dali himself after.
The artist’s room is located in the same place, with the famous tapestry “The Constancy of Time” or otherwise – well-known fluid clocks.
On the third floor you will find the Venus de Milo with drawers and a separate room with Dali jewelry.
All this is noticeable, but there still rests for you more than 1,500 art objects in the museum.