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Dalí was born here

Figueres to open new museum in artist’s childhood house by 2020

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19 October 2018 02:54 PM

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ACN | Figueres

If you’re intrigued by the surrealist art of Salvador Dalí, Catalonia has no shortage of museums dedicated to the life and work of one of its greatest geniuses: you can visit his mausoleum in his Theatre-Museum in Figueres, or his house in the fishing village of Portlligat, as well as Púbol castle, Dalí’s gift to his wife and muse, Gala.

Soon there will be more. The town council of Figueres, in the north of Catalonia, is planning to add the missing piece to the puzzle of Dalís life: the house where he was born.

Number 6 on Monturiol street was the home of the artist from when he was born, on May 11, 1904, until the age of 10.

In his memoirs, Dalí himself explained that he started painting on the building's rooftop, where he could hide away and be alone.

The construction work to turn the house into a museum will start in the coming months, with the local government planning to officially open it by 2020.

The regional authority of Girona, where Figueres is located, plans to allocate €500,000 to the project between 2018 and 2019. The Spanish government has also pledged €250,000 for the museum. 

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