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Dear foodies, welcome back to our weekly appointment! 

Today, we invite you to explore Spanish culture by following in the footsteps of one of the country’s most prominent artists, Salvador Dalí

Dalì was a surrealist artist known for his eccentric personality and imaginative works. Born in 1904 in Figueres, a village near Girona, he moved to Madrid to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. During his time there, he rebelled and experimented with various artistic styles, including Cubism and Dadaism.

In the late 1920s, Dalí moved to Paris, where he became involved with the Surrealist movement led by André Breton. His meeting with Gala, a Russian immigrant and wife of poet Paul Éluard, was a turning point; she became his muse, lover, and finally his wife. Gala profoundly influenced Dalí’s life and work, being his main inspiration and support. Indeed, it is said Dalì was a really sensitive and vulnerable person, and he built up his character by wearing a social protection mask that didn’t make his insecurities visible

Dalí’s most famous works represent dream-like scenes blending reality and the subconscious derived from his studies of Freud’s theories and the inner self. “The Persistence of Memory” is probably one of the most well-known paintings of Dalì, and its melting clocks convey the impossibility of grabbing time that always slips out of our hands. 

During World War II, Dalí and Gala moved to the USA, where he enjoyed significant success and mingled with influential figures in art and entertainment. Upon returning to Spain in 1948, Dalí’s style reflected his growing interest in religion and science. In 1961, works began to build the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, his hometown. The museum was opened in 1974, and it represents a surrealist masterpiece inviting visitors to dive into Dali’s mind.

A decline in his health marked his later years, and after Gala died in 1982, he became increasingly reclusive. He died on January 23, 1989, in his hometown of Figueres and was buried in the museum he created.

Although Dalí spent much of his life in Figueres, Cadaqués, and Púbol, collectively known as the “Dalí Triangle,” his influence extended to Barcelona. His works and legacy are celebrated worldwide in the city’s museums and cultural institutions, drawing art enthusiasts. Barcelona served as a cultural crossroads for Dalí, where he interacted with other artists, writers, and thinkers. The city’s intellectual environment provided a fertile ground for the exchange of ideas that influenced his work.

#Tip7: Daytrips to Figueres and Cadaqués to discover Dali’s inspiration sites 

The village of Figueres has a world-famous reputation thanks to Salvador Dalì and its Theatre Museum.
Dalì chose the former Municipal Theatre of Figueres, a 19th-century construction destroyed at the end of the Spanish Civil War, to make it his museum for three reasons: 

  1. He was baptized in the church next door
  2. His father organized his first exhibition in the lounge of the theater 
  3. He was a theatrical artist who created a world-famous character, Salvador Dalì, to face society without showing his vulnerabilities.

This museum is a tremendous surreal object, his last work. In this theater of memory, Dali tells about his life and works, reflecting an entire century. He conceived the museum as an interactive museum in which the visitor has a role to play. Dali invites the visitor to enter his brain and universe with curiosity and a playful spirit. 

The diver he placed on the facade relates to his invitation to submerge ourselves in his mind, in the deep water of his subconscious. Dali provokes us: he wants us, as spectators, to give final meaning to his work. 

In the museum, you will spot breathtaking art pieces with a deep, intricate meaning, and you will also be able to see some of the pictures representing the town of Cadaques. Indeed, Dali bought a small site in 1930 in Portlligat, a small village in the northern Costa Brava city of Cadaqués. Why not visit it?

Enjoy the beautiful views from Portlligat, the white buildings, and the blue terraces of Cadaqués, and rest on its tiny beaches. Surrounded by this beautiful environment, you can take some time to relax and explore your subconscious, led by the sound of waves. 

We’ll wait for you at the paella club to use this journey’s inspiration to craft your best paella!

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