A Trip to the Dali Museum

Figueres is a really nice little town in north-eastern Spain, rather close to the French border. It’s definitely not one of Spain’s larger cities, but it has one big claim to fame in that it’s home to the Dalí Museum.
True to the form and schtick of Dalí, it’s a very odd place, constructed by the wildest pandering to surrealism that Dalí could desire as it was constructed later in his life when he had a great deal of money. And that is really the main draw of it because the lovely heavy-handed Spanish government swooped in right after Dalí’s death and scooped up all of the best known works that were there. This was heavily despised by the Catalans of the area, but not unexpected given Spain’s general treatment of Catalonia over the years. But added in to this fact is that even though Dalí was born here and was for all purposes a Catalan, he was known to side more with the Spanish government during the long dictatorship years of Franco and hid any support (if there was any) for Catalonia. Thus leading to the anecdote that when Dalí showed up to a premiere in New York wearing an old scuba outfit and nearly suffocated, people in the area nearly got excited.
But, naturally I digress in to the personal life of Dalí, but honestly after 1950 or so, that’s kinda what you’re left with as he started to repeat himself a great deal. I would never discount his massive contributions to 20th century art in the world. It’s just that he was somewhat unfortunate to live too long without having any new revelations to his craft. So, you’re left with the whole gimmick that was Señor Dalí. Overall though, it’s a fun museum that I would highly, highly recommend for anyone passing through. Just be wary of days where there is crappier weather, since all the tourists in the area flock to the place, seeing as how they can’t go out and burn at the beach that is 15 minutes away.
A Trip to the Dali Museum