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The Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres is one of the most famous museums devoted entirely to the life and work of the famous artist Salvador Dali. The museum is considered to be the last great work of Salvador Dali: everything in it was conceived and designed by the artist himself.
The museum is the second most popular tourist attraction in Spain, second only to the Prado Museum in Madrid.
The official opening of the museum took place on October 28, 1974.
History of Creation
The museum project originated in the early 1960s, when the mayor of Figueres, where Dali was born, asked the artist to donate one of his paintings to the city, but Dali decided to donate not just one work, but to create an entire museum.
The Dali Museum Theater was built on the site of the former Municipal Theater of Figueres, built in 1849. The building of the municipal theater was in ruins as a result of a fire at the end of the Spanish Civil War: the ceiling of the orchestra pit collapsed, the anteroom and the lounge were the only parts that remained more or less intact. The artist planned to use the charm of the ruins of the former theater to house his future museum.
Since the 1970s, Dali devoted all his attention to this museum project, taking part in it and constructing its smallest details until it became real in 1974.
One of the most notable features of the museum is the transparent dome that crowns the building: it was designed by the Murcia architect Emilio Perez Pinero. This dome has now become the emblem of the Teatro Museo and an icon of the city of Figueres.
Externally, the museum has retained the neoclassical appearance of the theater, but decorated with several manly sculptures.
Dali Theater Museum Exhibit
The collection of the Gala Salvador Dalí Foundation presents all kinds of works of art of the great artist: paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, installations, holograms, stereoscopes, photography, etc.
Of these, about 1,500 are on display at the Dali Teatro-Museum in Figueres.
Each room in the museum is an example of high art with bold compositions of paintings, sculptures, furniture, decorations and other amazing things. In many rooms, the walls and ceilings are completely covered with large wall paintings: some of them are original compositions made especially for this museum, others are enlarged copies of its famous paintings.
Under the main floor of the building is the crypt where Salvador Dali’s tomb is kept. Despite the artist’s last will – to find peace in Château Poubol – he was buried in the Teatro-Museum two days after his death, on January 25, 1989.
Where is the Salvador Dali Museum Theater?
The Salvador Dalí Museum Theater is located at Plaza Gala-Salvador Dalí 5 in Barcelona
In what year was the Salvador Dali Museum Theater founded?
The official opening of the museum took place on October 28, 1974. The museum project originated in the early 1960s, when the mayor of Figueres, where Dali was born, asked the artist to donate one of his paintings to the city, but Dali decided to donate not just one work, but to create an entire museum.