Dali by Night 2012
Salvador Dali, with his crooked moustache and eccentric look, is the most universally-known artist of the Costa Brava. Very few people do not know his dreamlike paintings or his surrealist sculptures, which often seem to brush with the borders of sanity.
If you’re going on holiday in the Costa Brava, it’s a serious tourist crime not to go round the Dali Triangle, or at least pay a visit to the Dali Museum/Theatre in Figueres. They probably won’t put you in the cells for it, but I’m sure you’ll regret it profoundly. What’s more, if you want a slightly different kind of artistic experience, you can visit the Dali Museum by night.
The nights of Dali will be celebrating their 21st edition this year. In its day, the initiative of opening the museum during the summer nights was a risky proposition, but when visits kept growing year upon year, they realised they were onto something.
It’s said that Salvador Dali himself had already considered the possibility of the nocturnal visits to the Dali museum in Figueres, and that some of his montages can only truly be appreciated at night. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but there’s no denying that his most provocative works gain force and theatricality with the influence of the moon and nocturnal lighting.
In 2012, The night-time visits to the Dali Museum in Figueres will be from the 28th of July to the 1st of September. The opening hours of “Dali by Night” will be from 10 pm to 1 am (with final entrance at 12.30 pm).
In contrary to other museums, this is not just a simple amplification of timetable. “Dali by Night” provides a very distinct experience than that which takes place during the day. Capacity is restricted to 500 people, meaning that an intimate and calm atmosphere is created, in which you can submerge yourself in Dali’s interior world. There’s music and effects which accompany the visit, and what’s more, in one of the courtyards, you can see a documentary about the artist while enjoying a glass of cava.
If you want to visit the museum of Dali by night, we recommend buying tickets in advance via the official webpage of the Salvador Dali Foundation. They cost € 13. And what are € 13 in exchange for a small trip to the crazy world of dreams?