This underground museum, circled by black walls and enlightened in a very particular way, presents relatively little known ... More
This underground museum, circled by black walls and enlightened in a very particular way, presents relatively little known sculptures and engravings of Salvador Dalí's late work. Espace Dalí is the only museum in France showcasing a permanent exhibition of the master of surrealism's work. Come here to discover the amazing bronzes illustrating some of the main masterpieces of western literature, like "Don Quixote", "Romeo and Juliet" and the "Bible". Penetrate the intimate phantasmagoric universe of the artist, when strolling through the sculptures. Don't miss the "Soft Watches" or the "Melting Snails", both dating from the 1970s and mirroring the artist's obsession for the fantastic and bizarre.
There are large Dali sculptures that allow you to see details that are symbols in many of his paintings. Even if you are not a Dali fan, you will enjoy it.
This museum's admission is not covered by the museum pass, but the fee is slight and well worth it.
The space is small and intimate. You can see everything in an hour of so, but take your time. Unlike many of the other museums in Paris, this space is not overwleming.
The Espace Dali is placed right near Sacre Coer and Pigalle, and I can't think of a better place to put a surrealist gallery. It's small, intimate and filled with a lot of Dali's lesser known works. Fair warning though it can be hard to find and when you do it's a hike to get there. That being said you're not likely to find anything that comes close to this experience anywhere else.
I went to the Espace Dal� on Montmartre in December, and thought it was absolutely superb. I'm not exactly an art expert, although I know what I like, and Dal�'s work conveys a real sense of what was going on the bizarre mind of this artistic genius. For those who are fed up of not really knowing "what it is" when you look at a piece of modern art, Dal�'s work should provide a breath of fresh air. Whilst I don't pretend to understand all the symbolism of his art, the recurring themes and powerful visual imagery (his melting clocks and "space elephants" have become intrinsically linked to the artist) enabled me to connect with his work much more than that of, say, Picasso.
The exhibition itself is well-laid out and is a pleasant environment. As one of the few real connections with the quarter's artistic heritage, it is well worth a visit.
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