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“Love the Dali, what a man of great character!”
Review of Espace Dali

Espace Dali
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Ranked #119 of 1,124 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Salvador Dali, the master of surrealism in Paris! Espace Dali, located in the heart of the famous artists' village, Montmartre, exhibits the largest collection of artworks by Salvador Dali in France. Dali as you have never seen before! The collection is the fruit of the emblematic surrealist artist's extravagant inspiration: theatrical sculptures, erotic, dreamlike or irresistibly humorous engravings, poetic objects and furniture, are all part of the phantasmagorical universe of the inventor of soft watches. The multiple facets of the Catalan Master 3D Surrealism Thanks to Dali, everything can be transformed by the magic of dreams: the Space Elephant with spindly legs seems to defy gravity, a watch melts from a branch, a snail spreads its wings and Venus has drawers. Stories and wonders Dali had an encyclopedic culture and was fascinated by major themes from literature, mythology and religion. He used many different techniques to illustrate universal texts: Alice in Wonderland, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, The Bible... As well as more personal works, such as Moses and Monotheism or The Alchemy of the Philosophers. Each book is an art object. Sculptures, drawings, water colors, engravings, lithographs, Espace Dali invites us to explore the main themes of his work: dreams, mythology, sensuality...
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Flinders, Australia
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“Love the Dali, what a man of great character!”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Although the place/collection being quite small, I thoroughly enjoyed it! It's away from all the main hustle & bustle meaning you won't have to fight the crowds compared to the Musee d'Orsay and are able to appreciate the artworks better. Has a great mix of his sculptures, water colour paintings, installations, photos, book drawings etc.

I like this collection much better then the Dali Museum in Berlin as it show cases a much wider variety of his work, where as in Berlin it is mainly his water colour works, plus here you can wonder into the buyers room to look at the ones for sale!!!! I really did have to resist the urge to buy the small scale "Snail and the Angel" sculpture.

In all this is a great place to go for even people who don't know Dali(Yes, I know! Who doesn't know Dali?!?!?), my partner had no idea who he was but really enjoyed the whole experience and the gift shop has some great stuff!

Visited June 2012
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Perfectly set, compact but interesting”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

The Dali museum is two minutes from the Place du Tertre, the main square in Monmartre where you have the artists and easels lined up to draw caricatures of tourists and sell their art. As you approach the gallery you feel more like your walking down a country lane in a rural village than part of the Paris tourist crowd. I thought this was quite nice and set a more modest tone in contrast to the grandeur of some of the other offering in the city.

The gallery itself is fairly small but structured well to lead you around the various phases of Dali's work and career. My knowledge of art and sculpture is basic so I was approaching this as a novice rather than a connoisseur.
Nevertheless, I found the pieces really interesting, and there was some concise narrative accompanying each item that explained the concepts and history behind the work (in English as well as French - not standard in every Paris museum!).

The exhibition in all is not massive, so unless you have particular interest in Dali or this period of art, I'd recommend budgeting an hour to see this.

The smaller size of the exhibition didn't take away from the enjoyment and I'd recommend an hour of your time (whatever that is!) to visiting this spot.

Visited February 2013
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“A bit disappointing”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

I'm a big fan of Dali so when I went to Paris with my friends, I really wanted to visit the "espace Dali" which is located in Montmartre. I've been a bit disappointed because it is very small and there are not that much paintings of him. It's not what you can call a real exhibition.

Visited January 2013
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“bit of a disapointment”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

was really looking forward to seeing this museum as am a big fan of dalis work,but im affaird this museum is really not worth the money when you can see better and more this at the musee d'orsay.what was there was great but it really is very small and is very expensive for what it is.sorry

Visited February 2013
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“If you aren't a Dali fan....”
Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

Take a pass from this small, subterranean, quirky collection. Expensive and very forgettable. We spent about 10 minutes there. Again...if you are a Dali fan knock yourself out. If not, keep walking, really not very inspiring. Most of drawings are pretty horrible, sculptures perhaps a bit better....

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