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In Dalí’s Surreal Home

November 14, 2012 | by

In January, Open Culture ran this terrific tour of Salvador Dalí’s house on the Costa Brava, where he lived from 1930 to 1970 and hosted much of the modern world. As author Joseph Pla described it,

The decoration of the house is surprising, extraordinary. Perhaps the most exact adjective would be: never-before-seen. I do not believe that there is anything like it, in this country or in any other…. Dalí’s house is completely unexpected…. It contains nothing more than memories, obsessions. The fixed ideas of its owners. There is nothing traditional, nor inherited, nor repeated, nor copied here. All is indecipherable personal mythology…. There are art works (by the painter), Russian things (of Mrs. Gala), stuffed animals, staircases of geological walls going up and down, books (strange for such people), the commonplace and the refined, etc.




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  1. John P. | November 15, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Dalí (as well as his house) is interesting enough, I suppose, but the person I’m fascinated by lately is Josep Pla. Nice to see him mentioned here.

  2. bob | November 19, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Quite nice. Needs a wider angle for some real context. And that music is bloody irritating.

  3. John Home | May 11, 2015 at 10:50 am

    The video is very interesting. Thank you Paris Review (and open culture) for uploading this video and give me the opportunity to see the home of the great artist S. Dali.

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