Figueres, 28 September 2005
Coinciding with the anniversary of the opening of the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres on 28 September 1974, this new guide was presented on the same date at 11 a.m. in the Loggias Room. The event was presided over by the authors of the articles: Montse Aguer, Director of the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation’s Centre for Dalinian Studies, and Antoni Pitxot, Director of the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, as well as the author of the photographs, Jordi Puig, and the Triangle Postals publisher, Jaume Serrat. This joint-publication project was once again the fruit of collaboration between Triangle Postals and the Dalí Foundation, which had previously taken tangible form in the publication of another best-selling publication, Dalí: The Empordà Triangle, which came out in August 2003.
From the day it went on sale at the price of 12 euros, on 22nd July, and up to yesterday, 7,426 copies had been sold at the Dalí Foundation shops, though it could also be found in any bookshop. It was published in six languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian and German.
This new guide was conceived as a book to assist readers as they follow the route around the Museum. The articles provide valuable information to help understand what this Museum meant to Salvador Dalí. Antoni Pitxot’s account is of fundamental importance in this respect, for we should not forget that he is the Museum’s Director and that he worked alongside the artist over the years the Museum was being created. We might highlight here a quote from Salvador Dalí himself: “I want my Museum to be like a single unit, a maze, a great surrealistic object. It will be an absolutely theatrical museum. People who come to see it will emerge with a feeling of having had a theatrical dream”.
As regards the photographs, Jordi Puig has carried out many assignments on Empordà county. Once again, he ventures into the Dalinian world and brings it home to us. In this case, he draws our attention to certain details of the Museum that might otherwise pass unnoticed by the visitor, while involving himself in some of the optical games that Dalí proposes (see pages 72 and 134).
The publication comprises 208 colour pages, with a final section devoted to the cataloguing of 55 works to be found at the Museum, as well as layout plans to provide guidance during the visit.