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Shepherd Entertainment takes you on a tour of Figueras in Costa Brava and gives you the history of the former theater which ...
was basically altered and reopened as Teatro Museum Dali.
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Rambla, the shady main square is the center of social life in Figueras too. Here stands the statue of Narciso Monturiol, the 19th century inventor and native son of Figueras. The wooden submarine Ictineo which sailed into the harbor of Barcelona to enthusiastic acclaim was created by him in 1861. The ship is still in the harbor not far from the naval museum but in the graving dock. Figueras was made well known by its son, Salvador Dali in the 20th century although the king gave it its municipal title in 1267. Its fortress, the Castello de San Ferran is the second biggest one in Europe, 10000 soldiers can be stationed here at the same time. The 14th century gothic San Ferran church rises in the middle of the town. The reason why a lot of people visit Figueras is the former theater which was basically altered and reopened as Teatro Museum Dali. The 14 year old artist held his first exhibition here. The master oversaw the renovation of the secessionist building damaged in the civil war while the dome covering the central square is the work of Emilio Perez Piniero. The surrealist artworks amazed hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. There are plenty of them even on the square in front of the museum. Not only paintings but also statues moving statues and installations can be seen here, all of them are products of the masters bewitching fantasy. Dali worked confidently in several artistic fields. Besides his 1500 paintings, he created several book illustrations and statues. He designed the dream sequences of the Hitchcock film Spellbound. Together with Luiz Peniel, he created the everlasting surrealistic work of art, an Andalucían dog. Furthermore, he created cartoons for Walt Disney too. In America, he was called Mr. Surrealism. He was an artist with exceptional talent whose life and work was highly influenced by sexuality despite the fact that he was madly in love with his wife all his life. Every good painter who decides to create really great works of art should marry my wife first. Gala is able to cure a man’s mind and respects the pictures more than a painter, he wrote about her. Dali was a truly prolific artist. He has six permanent museums in different locales; moreover, more or less significant traveling exhibitions also show his works. The richest collection belongs to the museum in Figueras but if we’re in Catalonia, we should also visit the exhibition in Kadakes and Barcelona. There are those very enthusiastic fans, art historians or students of the academy of fine arts who visit the Teatro Museo Dali everyday of the week and always discover something new that they had not examined thoroughly. The master was laid to rest here in the museum that is impressive both inside and out. He’s thought to have whispered his will into the ears of the mayor of Figueras. There were no witnesses so we can only hope that Dali was put in the place he wanted to be put. He rests under one of the unmarked stones of the floor and hundreds of unsuspecting visitors might walk on top of it everyday. The scandalous artist with his twisted beard once stated that he would have liked his mummified body to be added to his more significant exhibitions in a glass coffin. Instead, a wax replica travels around the world in a glass coffin. Everything reminds us of Dali in this city. In souvenir shops with fancy names such as delicatessen, or art surrealista, we can buy souvenirs that are in connection with him. His famous paintings can be bought on posters, calendars, postcards, even on Tshirts. His strokes of genius for instance, the melting clocks from the Persistence of Memory can be bought in the form of a ceramic ashtray, pencil sharpener or desk lamp too. Bookstores offer dozens of art albums and biographies.