I want my museum to be like a single block, a labyrinth, a great surrealist object. It will be a totally theatrical museum. The people who come to see it will leave with the sensation of having had a theatrical dream.
When, today, we speak of the Dalí Theatre-Museum we are referring to two very differentiated museum spaces: the first is made up of the old Municipal Theatre – a 19th century constructiondesigned by the architect Roca i Bros, burnt down by accident on the 19th of February 1939 by a group of soldiers – and converted into the Theatre-Museum based on the criteria and design of the painter himself.
If so many people visit it, it is because it is not a place where series of paintings hang from the wall as in majority museums, but because it is full of enigmas.
The Theatre-Museum represents the projection and realisation of the artist’s dreams and creative energies. Salvador Dalí wanted the beginning of the Dalí Theatre-Museum, his crowning work, to be placed within the setting, especially the square called Gala-Salvador Dalí , the pavement of which converges in a radial design onto the stage of the museum, beneath the cupola where, by his final decision, he was buried. In the same way the painter wanted the pilgrim to his spiritual centre to begin in the visitors queue and in the leisure spaces around the Museum, from where one can begin the contemplative experience and get a glimpse of the presence of new visions, new concepts and thoughts.
-Do you think that within three years you will have forgotten this image?
-Having seen it once, I could never forget it.
Gala-Salvador Dalí Square, 5