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Fascinating Gala: Dali´s Muse

Hosted by the Consul of the Barcelona Discovering Catalonia Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 30 Sep 10:00 - 13:00

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Last days to deep a little more in this fascinating woman, who inspired one of the most famous world painter : Salvador Dalí.

Long ago in this group I organised a visit to Gala's castle in Púbol, Dali's present to her, which portrayed very well the personality of this woman, that day with Calella de Palafrugell filling the great day. I hope this, now in BCN exhibition, enlightens a little more this woman portrait.

Ticket info : Will buy one by one as individual at the entrance, we can wait 10 minuts to buy together or everyone arrives and buys his/her ticket. More than 10 persons would be 5.60 euros, but have one inconvenient, would have to wait until there're group entrance availability (every 30' and pre-timetable-booked groups priority) or pre-booked group entrance (which, would be inconvenient as we never know how many will be). So, definite price entrance is the normal one for Temporal exhibits : 8 euros.

We will meet at 10:00h at the Terrace Museum Coffee Main Entrance

I copy below, the Museum info :

A room of one’s own in Púbol
Someone once wrote that bringing Gala to light would unravel the Surrealist chequerboard which without her remains incomplete. Nothing could be truer. Gala was not only a key figure in the literary development of her first husband, Paul Éluard, who met her in Switzerland when they were both very young, at a time when he still didn’t even know he wanted to be a writer. She was not just the person who, after her visit to Cadaqués in Protected content Éluard’s wife, glimpsed Dalí’s potential and gave up a successful life in Paris with the poet who was the darling of Surrealism for a young Catalan nobody with whom she was to share her life and a creative project.

The lover of the German painter Max Ernst and a friend of Crevel, Char and Joë Bousquet, photographed by Man Ray, Brassai, Beaton, Schaal, Horst and Lacroix, loved or hated, Gala was much more than just the beautiful, ambitious woman capable of wresting great artists and writers away from Breton’s control. She was more than her mysterious Russian aura, with her library, her roses to remind her of Russia and an exquisite world she shared with Dalí. Gala was an extraordinary writer who also contributed to ambitious projects like Dream of Venus and produced several Surrealist objects that were exhibited and talked about at the time. Gala, then, was more than just a muse and a model. She was an artist who was jointly responsible for Dalí’s creative project. The artist himself acknowledged this in his writings and in the double signature over the course of time: ‘Gala Salvador Dalí’. The time has come, then, to give Gala her rightful place on that old Surrealist chequerboard.

Gala (7th September Protected content 10th June Protected content , born into a family of intellectuals from Kazan (Russia), she lived her childhood in Moscow. Once she had settled in Switzerland, she met Paul Éluard, who she moved to Paris with and came in contact with the members of the surrealist movement such as, for example, Max Ernst.

In Protected content travelled to Cadaqués, where she met Dalí, who she fell in love with, and with whom she started to live together. They were exiled for eight years in the United States, and on their return they would live between Portlligat, New York and Paris.

The exhibition will explore this enigmatic and intuitive lady, who related with many artists and intellectuals. Known worldwide for being the wife of Salvador Dalí, his muse and the protagonist of some of his paintings, we will attend the transformation of Gala into a fully-fledged artist, given that the couple began an artistic cooperation, that would signify the shared authorship of some works.

Hope to see all the ones interested in Dali & Gala, to share this exhibition.