Find out more about the most important Dali's exhibits in the world - Moma, Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Tate Modern, Reina Sofia Museum
The great genius of Spanish surrealism, Salvador Dali, is a painter of universal fame. Classified under the style of figurative surrealism, Dali was capable of retelling an oneiric world in which real figures merge with the imaginary…melting watches, giraffes ablaze, his muse Gala and his sister were all recurring themes. From the Second World War onwards, Dali introduced new themes that shaped his nightmares: nuclear energy, the 4th dimension, religion, new physics theories, the theory of relativity… These new pictorial studies opened the doors to new dimensions.
Discovering Dali firsthand is an experience. In fact, you likely have a museum nearby with some of his works, as they are widely dispersed around the world. As such, the following are some of the places where you can see some of Salvador Dali's paintings.
Salvador Dali in the World
Dali Theater and Museum (Figueres, Spain)
The greatest surrealist representation in the world, the Dali Theater and Museum, is situated in the Gala-Salvador Dali square in Figueres (Gerona province). The building was once the Municipal Theater but was destroyed during the Civil War. Here, Salvador Dali rebuilt it using his designs and created his own museum.
Gala Dali Castle (Pubol, Spain)
Situated in Pubol's Gala-Dali square is a medieval castle that Salvador Dali bought for his muse, Gala. In it, the artistic genius indulged his imagination, creating special surroundings for her. The castle was opened to the public in 1996. It is the place to best understand the genius's relationship with his muse.
Dali Museum-House (Portlligat, Spain)
In 1930, Salvador Dali settled in a small fishing hut in Portlligat, attracted by the countryside, light and isolation. Over 40 years, he built a house from this initial building. As the Spanish painter once defined it, the building was "like a true biological structure […] every new impulse of our life corresponds with a new cell, a room." There, the artist worked for years until Gala's death. From that point forward, Salvador Dali decided to abandon the house and move to his castle in Pubol.
Dali Museum (St. Petersburg, Florida)
The most modern museum dedicated to Salvador Dali is the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. It is the newest way to discover the Catalonian genius. In it, you can admire the work of Dali while quietly having a coffee or losing yourself in the garden labyrinth. It is a true experience with the goal of allowing visitors to interact with the genius's works themselves.
The Museum of Modern Art (Stockholm, Sweden)
The Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm also has several works by the Salvador Dali on display, as well as some by fellow Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.
MoMA (New York, USA)
The Museum of Modern Art in New York is also home to several of Dali's paintings. Visitors to the MoMA can expect to see an interesting array of Dali drawings as well as studies about Dali's work that help to explain the artist's creative process.
The Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid, Spain)
Not to be overlooked is the important Salvador Dali collection held in the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. This excellent museum is dedicated to contemporary art and is located very close to the world famous Prado Museum. Among the Dali masterpieces on display in the Reina Sofia are: The Portrait of Luis Buñuel, Woman at the Window and The Great Masturbator.
Tate Modern (Liverpool, UK)
The Tate Modern in England also boasts six pieces by Salvador Dali. You will widen your views while taking in the famous surrealistic Lobster Telephone object or the tragic painting Autumn Cannibalism.
National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C., USA)
The National Gallery of Art located in Washington D.C. is another museum where visitors can view various paintings, aquatint prints and drawings by Salvador Dali. The most notable Dali pieces held here are The Last Supper and Saint George and the Dragon.