Dali’s Beautiful Strange Mind

Posted on 27. Feb, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Press Trips, Spain

When you enter someone’s home and the first thing you see is a stuffed white bear wearing necklaces, you know it’s a strange place. That was indeed my first thought when I entered Salvador Dali house museum in Cadaqués.

Well hello there.

Taxidermy is a very important concept in Dali’s idea of home decor. There are several stuffed birds and mammals spread throughout the house and terrace, and I’m not talking about hand-sized specimens. Oh no. More like swans and lions! He also had a small cage filled with crickets, because he liked their chirping. True story.

To think that one of the 21st century’s most brilliant artist used to live and create here is definitely impressive, and truthfully shows in his home decor taste. Every single item is a work of art in itself, sometimes quirky, sometimes romantic, but never ordinary. I almost felt out of place in the workshop area, not wanting to step on his ghost’s toes in his place of creation. It was quite something to see his inspirational pieces and paraphernalia.

Dali’s eccentric home decor

One of my favorite rooms in the Dali House Museum is the Cupboard’s Room. The cupboards actually depict Dali’s life via pictures, magazine interviews and candid portraits. We can see him along Franco and Picasso, or by himself in a pose that only he could pull off. Considering the amount of magazine covers, it’s obvious that Dali and his creations were always an interesting topic, regardless of the decade!

The Cupboard’s Room

And then comes the masterpiece - the courtyards. It was definitely a free-for-all over there! From 7 feet tall eggs to a giant wooden skeleton, to more taxidermy and vibrant colors, Dali’s creativity is at its best in this area of the House-Museum. Throughout his career, Cadaqués and Port Lligat were an important source of inspiration, and standing in the upper courtyard, I could understand why - it’s so beautiful!

The Courtyards

Being a fairly first-degree person myself, I’m not sure I got all the hidden messages of Dali’s quirky mind, but I thoroughly enjoyed my visit at the House Museum. Saying that Dali was quite a character is definitely an understatement, and I feel that his home represents his art very well - eccentric, out-of-this-world, compartmentalized  but with just a pinch of relatability. Dali himself described it “like a true biological structure [...]. Each new pulse in our life has its own new cell, a room”.

Salvador Dali

Have you ever visited Dali House-Museum in Cadaqués, or any other museum part of the Fundaciò Gala? Are you a fan of Dali’s work? Do you often seek art history during your travels?

Disclaimer: I was offered a complimentary blog trip by Charming Villas Catalonia. As always, all opinions are my own.

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18 Responses to “Dali’s Beautiful Strange Mind”

  1. Erin

    28. Feb, 2012

    Loved this house. Is it weird that I feel like I could totally live there?

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    • admin

      14. Mar, 2012

      A little bit? :-P I would be too freaked out by the taxidermy though.

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  2. Laura

    28. Feb, 2012

    The white bear with the necklaces is cute in photos, but I usually find stuffed animals creepy.

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  3. Turtle

    28. Feb, 2012

    That’s one heck of a headspin! Some of it looks more like a haunted house than an artist’s house! I reckon I would have been terrified going in there as a child :)

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  4. Wanderplex

    28. Feb, 2012

    What a cool house - I love how Dali literally lived and breathed art! I visited his museum in Figueres and was blown away, but this is the first time I’ve seen pictures of his house.

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    • admin

      14. Mar, 2012

      I think the two museums together are a great complement to each other. One day I will make it to Figueres!

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  5. Ooh, Dali’s house looks so fascinating- especially his affinity for taxidermy. Thanks for posting.

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  6. Cherina

    01. Mar, 2012

    How wonderful! I love Dali’s art (Although, I don’t understand most of it either. Who knows what was going on in his head!!)
    I was in Cadaques years ago and we walked down the the house but it was closed the day we were there so we just wandered around. Event the outside was pretty cool though. I would love to go back. The Dali Museum in Figueres is amazing too. Great photos!

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  7. You got me with that first photo :-)

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  8. Loved visiting his house, a perfect compliment to the Dali museum in nearby Figueres

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    • admin

      14. Mar, 2012

      Haven’t been to Figueres sadly, but the House-Museum was more than enough to satisfy my Dali curiosity!

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  9. Hutterdesign

    17. Mar, 2013

    Hi, why did you post my Dali his Bedroom pic on your page without giving any credit?? Very unprofessional!

    hutterdesign Ges.m.H

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