Salvador Dalí, Reina Sofía National Art Museum, Madrid. And A Vertical Garden

Today, my friend Maria and I went for a dose of culture. We saw a fantastic exhibition of works by the uncrowned King of Eccentrics, Salvador Dalí. It was much more extensive than we had anticipated, which was a pleasant surprise. We skipped virtually all the films/recorded material, and still, it took as two hours to do the full round.

I’d never been up close to a Dalí painting before, and I was astounded by all the miniscule details, which were suddenly revealed when squinting at the canvas from two inches away. Fortuitously, there were barely any barriers/cords obliging people to keep their distance. Totally worth the €8.70.

Unfortunately, though, they wouldn’t let us take any pics inside the exhibition, not even without a flash – what the hell is that about?!?

Reina Sofia, Dali

Taken from inside the museum - I love the way the street is reflected in the ceiling

Taken from inside the museum – I love the way the street is reflected in the ceiling

Reina Sofia View

I don't know why I like this one. But I do. Humour me...

I don’t know why I like this one. But I do. Humour me…

Side/rear view of the Reina Sofía. Looks a bit like a giant Ark…

This has nothing whatsoever to do with the Reina Sofía or Dalí. It's a "vertical garden", and really stunning close-up

This has nothing whatsoever to do with the Reina Sofía or Dalí. It’s a stunning “vertical garden” that we stumbled upon not far from the museum

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13 thoughts on “Salvador Dalí, Reina Sofía National Art Museum, Madrid. And A Vertical Garden

  1. northern_star

    So much to love about your day! Dali (and his crazy moustache), that great building and the amazing vertical garden. I’ve never seen that before!

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      It was a great day 🙂 Maria told me that this was the garden’s second year. The year before, it was a total failure, because they hadn’t sorted out the irrigation system, and it all dried to a crisp!

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      1. jacksjottings

        I read a book it may have been his autobiography, it disclosed his ideas on art. One thing it said was he did not draw the modle he laid wet threads of cotton all over her body then drew the threads. I can understand how all the contours would show.

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  2. Marianne

    What a gorgeous building the Reina Sofia Museum is, but a shame you weren’t allowed to take photos inside, even without a flash. I often fear for some valuable paintings when you realise just how close you can get to them.

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      It is glorious, that building…
      The paintings themselves were protected by a pane of glass inside the frame, so nutters-on-the-loose can’t do any damage with their bottles of acid or whatever. Sigh.

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  3. Kathleen

    The vertical garden is part of La Caixa Forum which is a modern art museum (sponsored by la caixa–ha)… a little too modern for my personal taste…i.e. a toilet hanging on the wall etc. but the garden is pretty incredible!

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