The Reality of Dreams

We had an amazing opportunity to tour Salvador Dali’s mind when visiting his museum packed with paintings, sculptures and endless oddities. The museum is located in Figueres, which was a smaller town in the heart of Catalonian land. It is considered the largest surreal object in the world and was built on top of ruins from the Spanish Civil War.

The museum was one of the most odd and intriguing places I have ever been. From the eggs stacked along the roof, to Dali’s tomb in the chilly, dark cellar, everything was eye-catching. The whole museum was such an experience that Abbey said all artists should have to create museums in which to display their work. Knowing that Dali himself strived to provide such an all-encompassing look at his life made the experience all the more engaging.

It was amazing how much effort and time went into each interactive display and the intricate mapping of the building let alone the paintings and mind-bending illusions. One of his most famous works, and a favorite among the group, was Dali’s painting of Abraham Lincoln. The painting from far away is a pixelated president yet a much more detailed piece up close. The trick is to squint a bit and let your eyes go out of focus to see the larger Lincoln painting. Otherwise, try looking in the slideshow at the far away and close up shots.

Another amazing aspect of Dali, was his ability to work successfully in so many media. Along with the paintings, sculptures and sketches, there was a separate building of Dali’s jewels. The display included 37  jewels in precious metals along with concept sketches for many pieces. Click here to see a video of Dali’s beating heart brooch.

Overall, the insanity of Dali really made the day truly unique to Spain. To enter the warped mind of an individual who saw the world so differently is a privilege I was glad to enjoy.

Click here for a slideshow of pictures from the museum.

Alanna Thiede

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  1. jane

    I love this article and the pictures are stunning. What an art adventure!

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