With this post the humble Covetotop initiates a groundbreaking series of essays about the most famous son of the wonderful Empordà: Don Salvador Dalí i Domènech, Marquis of Púbol, painter, sculptor, designer, draftsman, engraver, master of surrealism, media showman, brilliant writer, hard worker, rich man, mad, not mad at all, genius, always great. He was born on May 11, 1904, in the Empordanese village of Figueres (province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain, Europe), and died in the very same village on January 23, 1989.
In order to produce a groundbreaking series of anything, a blogger must take his time, study big books, ask questions to knowledgeable people, shoot sharp and correctly balanced pictures, look for original content and, above all, think a lot about what the term “groundbreaking” means.
Notwithstanding the above, I am aware that my groundbreaking series of posts about Salvador Dalí faces some serious physical and metaphysical obstacles. Among those are the following:
1.- Dalí is one of the most famous figures of the 20th century art. Hence, there are tons of info easily available about his life and works everywhere. As an art lover, I myself own some kilograms of said information, in the form of books, magazines, exhibit brochures and even dvds. Trying to summarize here, in English, all that info would be a traumatizing experience for me. Reading my summarized posts would be a deathly boring experience for you. And both of us want to have some fun with this blog, don´t we? I cannot summarize anything.
2.- There are works of Dalí in the most important museums of modern art all around the world. If you want to experience the Dalinianan madness, you only have to visit a good museum, physically or virtually (e.g: the MoMA and the MET of New York, or any of their temporal exhibits) My little blog cannot compete with those outstanding and powerful institutions, of course. Moreover, there are entire museums devoted exclusively to Dalí (e.g: Dalí Paris, Dalí Berlin, Dalí Florida).
3.- “Where, if not in my own town, should the most extravagant and solid of my work endure, where if not here? The Municipal Theatre, or what remained of it, struck me as very appropriate, and for three reasons: first, because I am an eminently theatrical painter; second, because the theatre stands right opposite the church where I was baptized; and third, because it was precisely in the hall of the vestibule of the theatre where I gave my first exhibition of painting.” (Salvador Dalí, on the Dalí Theater-Museum of Figueres). The Dalí Theater-Museum of Figueres (Alt Empordà), the best Dalí Museum of the world, is located at an easy reach of Covetotop’s headquarters. If so, what’s the problem concerning my outstanding series of posts about Dalí? What’s the problem about posting dozens of pics taken inside this awesome museum or inside any other house of the so-called “Dalí’s Triangle” in the wonderful Empordà? It is a legal warning. This one: “Public communication of the images taken inside the Dalí museums needs an authorization and rights clearance.” Ok. That means I cannot post interior views.
4.- Last spring/summer, the Reina Sofía Museum of Madrid displayed the biggest exhibit ever made about Dalí. I assisted to that exhibit. Usually, the Reina Sofía allows visitors to take pictures of their huge collection (excluding the Pablo Picasso’s absolute masterpiece: Guernica). Nevertheless, at the Dalí exhibition, taking pictures was forbidden. Ok. It means that I have no pictures from said exhibit, apart from this one:
By the way, you can make a virtual visit to that outstanding exhibition by clicking this link and viewing the documentary it contains (10 minutes long, just images, no words)
5.- I am not an art expert. I am just an “aficionado”. Aficionados do not produce groundbreaking things about Dalí nor about anything related to art.
So, taking into account all those serious impediments … What the hell am I doing pretending to initiate a groundbreaking series of posts about Don Salvador Dalí i Domènech, first Marquis of Púbol?
Let’s think positively.
I do not want to quit this groundbreaking series at the very first post.
What can I count on?
Let’s see …
I can count on my feet …
I can count on my espadrilles …
I can count on the priceless advice of some local Dalí’s friends …
And, above all, I can count on the Empordà, the magic land that ignited the groundbreaking art of Salvador Dalí …
With all those outstanding tools, I think I can start writing my groundbreaking series of posts about that surrealistic genius named Salvador Dalí …
Coming soon: … (to be sincere, I have no idea about what comes next)