11 rue Poulbot, 18th arrond.
Our Rating Neighborhood Montmartre (18th Arrondissement) Hours Daily 10am–6pm (until 8pm July–Aug) Transportation Métro: Anvers, Abbesses, or Lamarck-Caulincourt Phone 01-42-64-40-10 Prices Admission 12€ adults, 9€ ages 8–26, free for children 7 and under Web site Dalí Paris
This tiny museum dedicated to the works of surrealist Salvador Dalí won’t take more than 45 minutes to visit, but what a 45 minutes you’ll spend! The space is littered with erotic engravings, dreamlike objects, and whimsical furniture, not to mention Dalí’s theatrical sculptures (the most important assembly in France), including a spindly-legged Space Elephant, and several of his iconic soft watches, which seem to drip phantasmagorically to the floor. The man with the iconic moustache lived in Montmartre with his wife and muse Gala, in an apartment at 7 rue Becquerel. It was from here in 1956, following a commission for Dalí to illustrate Cervantes’ Don Quixote novel, that the Catalan staged one of the Butte’s most memorable artistic moments: the filming of him creating the first engravings. Against a windmill backdrop rose forth a knight on horseback, and Dalí true to form used two rhinoceros’ horns and bread dipped in ink to create the illustrations. You can see some engravings from the series alongside others from the Bible and Alice in Wonderland.
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