Road Trip to Dalí: Part II, from Egg to Tomb.

27 Jul

Highways are not convertible’s natural habitat. If you are driving along the Costa Brava’s shore, you do not want to pass the beautiful views, the fresh air and the sun. Even though it was a bit too hot, we took our golf’s roof down and abandoned the highway to enjoy the rural roads.

As we got near Figueres we started being more alert, because we didn’t want to lose any of Dalí’s magic. We don’t know what’s your opinion of Dalí’s art, but we consider ourselves great fans of him and his work, and we wanted to understand where all this magic, sometimes even craziness, came from.

When we arrived, we were lucky, and managed to park (for free!!!) just in front of Dalí’s Theather Museum famous eggs.

(we declare ourselves also huge fans of the typical old spanish lady of the bottom of the picture)

Let’s outline briefly to our dear readers some of our Dalí’s life. Like lot of Spaniards, he had a short name: Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech.  He was born, here in Figueres, in the early 1900’s. Dalí’s work was already determined the moment he was born. He came to life nine months after his brother died, a four-years-old child. Dalí’s father saw the newborn as his dead brother’s reincarnation, naming him also Salvador.

Dalí’s early years passed slowly between drawing school and summers in Cadaqués (awesome fishermen village which we will visit soon in our Roadtrip) and he grew as a happy boy until her mother died. Can’t say he was lucky. She was Dalí’s inspiration and encouraged him to do art, so her death changed him completely in all facets.

After all this drama, we understand he didn’t want to come back to Figueres until he was already a mature, well-known and wealthy crazy man. Is after this comeback when he offers the city to restore a ruinous theater into today’s Museo Dalí.

And there we were. Admiring the strange façade with popcorns (actually they’re supposed to look like bread, but we are sure Dalí would love our interpretation).

The egg is another common Dalíesque image. He connects the egg to the prenatal and intrauterine, thus using it to symbolize hope and love. (Let’s be honest. This combination of popcorns, Academy Award statuettes and eggs, remind us to some kind of american movies night with spanish tortilla de patatas for dinner).

Joking aside, the whole building is an amazing work of art, we totally recommend it. It is Spain’s second most visited museum after ‘El Prado’ in Madrid, which is like ten times bigger, so as you can imagine, the place is packed with “guiris” (Spanish word for northern tourists,  ‘north’ meaning everything above the Pyrenees). That makes it sometimes uncomfortable, but it is worth a visit. Also going inside and discovering Dalí is an experience.

We will tell you what we found inside in our next chapter.

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9 Responses to “Road Trip to Dalí: Part II, from Egg to Tomb.”

  1. rommel July 29, 2012 at 06:49 #

    I still don’t get the relation between the egg and Academy Award looking statues.
    The eggs remind me of those awesomely prepared omelet in Spain.

    • andrewsmile July 29, 2012 at 11:34 #

      Yes! It also remind us of our Tortilla de Patatas (spanish omelet) :P. But the real interpretation is supposed to be: The eggs represent something valuable to be discovered, and the Academy Award statues should represent reward for art pieces. Well, I do prefer our interpretation 😛

      • rommel August 11, 2012 at 02:43 #

        Ahihihihi.

  2. faz August 1, 2012 at 00:53 #

    It looks amazing – we didn’t make it to the Dali museum when we were in Barcelona eariler this year – now I regret it!

    • andrewsmile August 1, 2012 at 22:31 #

      Yes! It is awesome! Next time then! And keep connected, in our next post will give you a small tour inside the museum! 😉

  3. onestopbackpackers August 1, 2012 at 03:20 #

    Interesting post, I’ve got to get out to Figueres on my next trip in Spain(which I absolutely love, by the way!). And really, I wish you a lot of luck, tripNETer is a really cool idea and It’s good to see people trying new ideas!

    • andrewsmile August 1, 2012 at 22:32 #

      Thanks!!! It make us proud reading this kind of things!. And definetely, Figueres is a must when travelling to Spain. Best!

  4. mikebehere August 19, 2012 at 12:23 #

    I was in Barcelona this July and somehow managed to compeltely miss this. Such a shame!

    • andrewsmile August 19, 2012 at 13:14 #

      What a pity!!! Don’t forget about it next time!
      Happy travels!

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