A Dalí Museum Opens in Figueras, Spain (Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture Series)
Article abstract: Dalí’s native city honored him with its Teatro-Museo Dalí, a true Dalínian museum that would become the greatest repository of works produced and collected by the artist and his wife.
Summary of Event
The year 1974 marked the inauguration of the Teatro-Museo Dalí in Figueras, a city in the northeastern Spanish province of Catalonia. The museum evolved from a former civic theater that was destroyed by fire during the Spanish Civil War. Many critics make the distinction that this is not a “Dalí museum,” an institution housing artifacts by Salvador Dalí, but rather a Dalínian one that is saturated with the living ideologies and creative spirit of a true twentieth century genius. Dalí exists and breathes when one enters the structure, since there are numerous kinetic sculptures, theatrical props, and constructed environments that provoke viewer participation.
Ironically, Figueras, his native town, appears throughout Dalí’s life story in mixed terms. He spent most of his childhood and early youth enjoying the splendor of the great plain of Ampurdan, in which Figueras lies, and of the olive trees and sharp rock formations of the Catalonian coast. He attended the state school in Figueras and then went to a private school. Although in 1921 he went to Madrid for studies at the Fine Arts Academy, it was at his Figueras studio in the early 1920’s that he developed a Futurist...
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