Part of the trip to the Dali Theatre-Museum is visiting the Dali Joies or the Dali Jewels.
This is a permanent collection housed in the museum and is included when you buy a ticket. We were almost going to miss this because we were hungry and in a rush to catch the train back to Barcelona, but that would have been a big mistake! The jewelry was BEAUTIFUL and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
What’s amazing about this collection is how faithful the jewelry was rendered based on Dali’s drawings. The exhibit featured the sketches alongside the pieces. I wish I had better photos, but the exhibit was dark. :p
Dali drew these at different intervals during the 1940s to 1970s. He commissioned jewelers in in New York to have these made, but he was very much involved in choosing the stones and metals used.
Like in his paintings, Dali uses a lot of religious iconography. The cross is a favorite subject of his.
The exhibit also featured beautiful and bejeweled sculptures apart from wearable jewelry.
The Living Flower
Ans just when you thought Dali couldn’t get any crazier, you find animated jewelry in the exhibit! Here’s an awesome one entitled Royal Jewel Heart.
Dali is a Renaissance Man by all definitions. He didn’t just stick to paintings and sketches, but you can see that he also dabbled on other media. In fact, Dali also collaborated on a couple of films with Luis Bunuel — and it’s available for watching online FOR FREE!
Check out the link above for Un Chien Andalou and L’Age D’Or, and bask yourself in the genius that is Salvador Dali.