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“Thought-provoking collection of Dali's sculptures NOT his paintings”
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Espace Dali
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Montmartre and Sacre Coeur Walking Tour in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Salvador Dali, the master of surrealism in Paris! Espace Dali, located in the heart of the famous artists' village, Montmartre, exhibits the largest collection of artworks by Salvador Dali in France. Dali as you have never seen before! The collection is the fruit of the emblematic surrealist artist's extravagant inspiration: theatrical sculptures, erotic, dreamlike or irresistibly humorous engravings, poetic objects and furniture, are all part of the phantasmagorical universe of the inventor of soft watches. The multiple facets of the Catalan Master 3D Surrealism Thanks to Dali, everything can be transformed by the magic of dreams: the Space Elephant with spindly legs seems to defy gravity, a watch melts from a branch, a snail spreads its wings and Venus has drawers. Stories and wonders Dali had an encyclopedic culture and was fascinated by major themes from literature, mythology and religion. He used many different techniques to illustrate universal texts: Alice in Wonderland, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, The Bible... As well as more personal works, such as Moses and Monotheism or The Alchemy of the Philosophers. Each book is an art object. Sculptures, drawings, water colors, engravings, lithographs, Espace Dali invites us to explore the main themes of his work: dreams, mythology, sensuality...
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London, United Kingdom
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“Thought-provoking collection of Dali's sculptures NOT his paintings”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Just off Place du Tertre, l'Espace Dali brings together 300 sculptures and watercolours of the eccentric artist. True Dali is known for his paintings - and if that's what you're looking for they are NOT here. That said, many of the sculptures are based on them and you'll find the lobster and telephone, the lip-shaped couch, the snail, melting clocks and Alice In Wonderland to name but a few. The museum is well laid out and there are informative captions in French and English. I happily whiled away an hour in here on a very rainy day - don't miss the photos and quotations from Dali as you climb the stairs to the gift shop/exit.

Visited August 2014
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York, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant, or mad?”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

A small museum, with a varied collection of Dali's work. I think "strange" sums it up, but it is well laid out, and if your already keen on his work, worth a visit. For other people, maybe not...

Visited August 2014
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Gymea, Australia
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“Dali and the Surreal”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

The Self Guided Walking Tour of Montmartre brought us to the door of Espace Dali and the question do we go in or not? Madame was not convinced but went in based on the argument of his character as portrayed in the Woody Allen directed movie Midnight in Paris. Being Seniors the entry fee was discounted and proved to be a bargain for what we saw and experienced. The Gallery is decorated in sombre tones with black being prominent but with very clever lighting the exhibits lose nothing of their individuality or the genius of their creator. This place is a hidden gem and a window into the human mind and it's potential for creating things that are beautiful whilst retaining the question of their meaning. A gem and another reason to wander the quieter streets of Montmartre.

Visited June 2014
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“Hidden gem!”
Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

This is amazing place and MUST see while in Montmartre if you at all interested in Dali/arty spaces! The exposition is extremely informative with proper english descriptions, audio guide is def worth 3€ extra. Absolutely loved it!

Visited July 2014
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Milan, Italy
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“Don't miss this gem”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

We are very fond of surrealism and fans of Dali.
Wherever we go around the world we love to find places where this incredible artist have lived and created his masterpieces.
In the heart of Montmartre there is this secret gem where you can experience the creativity of this legendary painter and sculptur.
It is the only permanent exhibition in France that collects his major themes of universal literature, mythology, history, and religion. Salvador Dalí was inspired to create a vast repertoire of personalities, allegories, and unique images born by his extraordinary mind and sensitivity.
There are engravings and sculptures and at the end of the museum there is a very important gallery where someone can buy one of his numbered and certified artworks.

Visited July 2014
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