Dalí … in Paris … in Montmartre

You are planning a trip to Paris? You will take the Metro (underground rail) to Montmartre (the hill of the martyrs) and to its Sacre Coeur Basilica and its Place du Tertre. It’s kind of a must when in Paris. But do you know that just around from the square there is a small museum […]

You are planning a trip to Paris? You will take the Metro (underground rail) to Montmartre (the hill of the martyrs) and to its Sacre Coeur Basilica and its Place du Tertre. It’s kind of a must when in Paris.

But do you know that just around from the square there is a small museum that’s absolutely fabulous.

Entrance of Espace Dali

I am now talking of the Dalí museum. To give its proper name the Espace Dalí.

I go there often because I love Montmartre and its small clothes shops and greengrocers and bakeries and souvenir shops. And I love Dalí’s works.

The Espace Dalí is at No 11 Rue Poulbot. The street is narrow and cobbled and curved and it runs from Place du Tertre with Sacre Coeur behind you. Just follow the street for about a minute and you will find yourself in front of the museum.

It costs €10 ($14 / £8.50) to go in and there is never really a long line of people. You then descend the stairs and … well… welcome Heaven.

One end of Rue Poulbot

The museum is small – just two rooms – but each item on display will take your breath away. The rooms are well lit so you can take photos without needing a flash.

You then go up some stairs to exit which will be through the Dalí gift shop. (Inevitable isn’t it, because this is what happens in every museum in France.)

You will be able to buy fridge magnets, postcards, t-shirts, books, Dalí clocks, Dalí teapots, Dalí cutlery, pins, watches, earrings, bracelets and lockets based on his sculptures, and also Dalí’s range of perfumes and eau de toilettes. In all honesty I must warn you that all the things are expensive. For example a box of 6 miniature flacons of Dalí’s perfumes will cost you €39 ($53 / £34).

But before you start to climb the stairs to exit, you will see the Dalí Boutique ahead of you. Know that the boutique is not a gift shop. It is there in the boutique where lithographs of Dalí’s engravings and copies of his sculptures are sold. With each item sold in there you will receive a certificate of authenticity.  You won’t however be able to buy anything there for less than €2,000 ($2700 / £1700). Yes, all’s expensive. You will however have the assurance that you are not buying a fake and you may be aware that there was a big scandal in the late 1970s of fake Dalí engravings and sculptures being sold.

Dalí was born Salvadore Domènce Felip Jacint Dalí on May 11, 1904 in Figueres, Spain. He died on January 23, 1989 also in Figueres. The French loved him and he was forever on our television speaking French with his deep, guttural accent.

The museum is open every day of the week which includes public holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In July and August it will even stay open until 8 p.m.

 

 

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

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