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The “fake” Dalí Museum in Berlin refuses to change its name

Berlin’s Museum is pretending to be an “official” Dalí Museum, with its website The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation won a trial against the German museum, but while a court appeal is pending, Berlin’s Dalí Museum is still open to visitors and using the “official” name.


30 March 2011 10:14 PM


ACN / Neus Pérez / Ignacio Portela Giráldez

Berlin (ACN).- \u2018Dalí \u2013 Die Austellung\u2019 (Dalí, The Exhibition) is the title of a permanent exhibition in Germany\u2019s capital city. Its website is The Gala - Salvador Dalí Foundation, which is responsible for the artist\u2019s estate, thinks Berlin\u2019s gallery is using the \u201Cofficial\u201D name of Dalí Museums. \u201CIt is an unfair competition\u201D claims the Gala - Salvador Dalí Foundation and is \u201Cconfusing for both consumers and art enthusiasts\u201D. The Foundation sued the Berlin gallery after it presented itself to the public as \u201Ca unique, special and official event\u201D.

Last July, the court ruled in favour of the Gala Salvador Dalí Foundation and ordered the Berlin gallery to do two things: first, to stop using the name of the artist in its title \u2018Dalí \u2013 Die Austellung\u2019; and second, to shut down its web site. As a result, \\u2019 is no longer active. The gallery appealed the decision and assured CNA that it is a legal museum fully recognised in German law. The museum has changed its name to \u2018Dalí \u2013 Die Austellung am Postdamer Platz\u2019 in reference to one of Berlin\u2019s most famous squares. 

Berlin\u2019s Dalí Museum assures that it will continue exhibiting more than 450 drawings of the Catalan artist, and considers that closing the museum to the public is not an option. According to the \u2018Dali \u2013 Die Austellung\u2019s director, \u201Cwe are an official museum, according to German law\u201D and they are also a part of the Deutscher Museumsbund (German Museums association)

According to the Berlin museum, the Gala \u2013 Salvador Dalí Foundation sees them as a \u201Cgrowing and serious competition\u201D and claims that the Catalan Foundation was the one to \u201Cdeclare this court war\u201D. They also emphasised they did not want this situation to end this way, but they had to appeal a sentence that is yet to be solved. Furthermore, the Berlin museum defends itself claiming that there are other museums in London and Paris with permanent exhibitions of Salvador Dalí\u2019s work, and neither of them are accepted by the Catalan Foundation.

The Gala \u2013 Salvador Dalí Foundation assures that before suing the Berlin Museum, they studied the case thoroughly and got in touch with the gallery before taking legal actions. The Catalan Foundation does not want an open war against the \u201Cfake\u201D Berlin museum, but it wants to \u201Cprotect Salvador Dalí\u2019s heritage\u201D. Both sides are now waiting for the judge\u2019s resolution.


  • The entrance of Berlin's Dalí Museum (by N. Pérez)

  • The entrance of Berlin's Dalí Museum (by N. Pérez)