Dalí Museum: Figueres, Spain
“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be the shackles limiting our vision.” (Salvador Dalí). Here, Dalí speaks of his own style of art; one so bold, so unparalleled, that it transcends the conventional bounds of reality and passes into the elusive world of dreams. Dalí’s brilliance lies in his ability to take the ordinary and morph it into something unique and unanticipated, as he has done in this work of art. But he goes still further, and through each piece opens a window into his mind, allowing others to view his subconscious thoughts, passions, and fears. Between our trip to the Dalí museum in Figueres, Spain, and the extensive analysis of his work in my Spanish art course, I learned a great deal about ways in which Dalí challenged the world to look past the ordinary and find the extraordinary. It struck me that travel pushes the boundaries of our vision in a similar way; it encourages us to see the way the world works outside the narrow scope of the world that we have grown up in.