Famous across the world because of his surrealist works, Salvador Dalí is an emblematic figure of Catalonia and it’s difficult to talk about the painter without mentioning Gala, his muse and later, in 1932, his wife.
From July 6 to October 14 2018, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the "A Room of One’s Own in Púbol" exhibition at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
In addition, thanks to your Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation tickets, you will equally benefit from the privilege of receiving two tickets for the price of one!
There’s no reason to wait any longer, contact the person(s) with whom you want to share your stay in Barcelona, choose a date and book your tickets!
The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
Exterior of the museum
The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is located inside the National Palace of Montjuic itself, which was built for the International Exhibition of 1929. In 1934, such opened its doors as the Art Museum of Catalonia and later in 1995, as the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
The latter offers a trip back in time with rooms dedicated to Romanesque period, the Gothic period, Renaissance or Baroque period... all the way until modern day. Having become a real center of artistic debate, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is a must-see during your stay in Barcelona. Moreover, the temporary exhibitions, including A Room of One’s Own in Púbol, there are so many reasons to return!
Exterior of the museum and views from their terrace
She was the companion of Paul Eluard and then the one of Salvador Dalí, Gala is famous for being the muse of several artists such as Louis Aragon, Max Ernst or André Breton, but especially the one of her second husband, Dalí, who introduced her to Surrealism.
A character as admired as condemned, Gala is undeniably a great figure of the avant-gardes. The exhibition traces the life of this mysterious woman who met many artists and intellectuals through whom she could imagine and create her own image. Through the paintings of Max Ernst, photographs of Man Ray and Cecil Beaton or the works by Salvador Dalí, you can trace Gala’s autobiographical journey in which she appears as a postmodern heroine mastering her image.
Through this exhibition, you will of course have the opportunity to (re)discover many of Salvador Dalí’s oil paintings and drawings - approximately sixty -, but also equally works by Max Ernst, Picasso, Man Ray, Cecil Beaton as well as Brassaï.
Interior of the museum
You will also be able to observe Gala’s dresses and objects such as her personal vanity, and also letters, postcards and books that will allow you to get to know her personality who, far from being a mere muse, built and shaped her own character as she wished.
To conclude, this exhibition aims to introduce you to the world of both the beloved and hated woman, a creative woman, an artist who worked with her second husband - the painter's latest works are signed "Gala-Salvador Dalí" - and whose image is known worldwide while her character continues to remain very mysterious.
After a stay like this one, the best way to travel home is comfortably sit in a Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation chair. Accompanied by your loved ones, you will be able to discuss the artworks that have marked you the most by flipping through a souvenir book acquired during your visit to the museum.