It was Dalí himself who planned and designed this theatre-museum. Located in Figueres (Costa Brava), his hometown, Dalí has left his mark in the dreamlike and surrealist atmosphere which encompasses the entire building, and in works as emblematic as Galatea of the Spheres or facilities tailor-made by the artist.
The Teatre-Museu Dalí was inaugurated in the year 1974. It is located in the old town theatre, which was remodelled to that end.
It provides an overview of the artistic trajectory of the painter from Figueres, one of the most internationally renowned Catalonians in any field. There is early work, completely surrealistic pieces, and works from his later years. Among the paintings displayed at the museum, the most remarkable are perhaps the famous La panera de pa, from 1945, or Galatea de les esferes, from 1952.
The museum was conceived and designed by the artist, who wanted to show visitors the strange, dreamlike, and at times phantasmagorical atmosphere in which he lived. Hence, it has several pieces and installations made by Dalí expressly for this place: the Mae West room (with the famous lip-shaped sofa), the Palau del Vent room, the monument to Francesc Pujols and the well-known black Rainy Cadillac.
Dalí did not intend for visitors to pay a simple visit; he wanted to captivate and abduct them for a while, providing them with an experience that would bring them closer to a very personal universe of which the painter was both creator and created.