The Museum houses a space dedicated to the childhood and adolescence of the most international son of Figueres: the artist Salvador Dalí Domènech (1904-1989). It is a chronicle with images that covers the first twenty years of the young Salvador’s life, and includes references to his parents, brother and sister, to Dalí himself, his studies and his first exhibitions and editorial collaborations. It is also an evocation of Figueres and Cadaqués, of our city and the marine landscape of the time.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Salvador Dalí Cusí - the painter’s father, who had an extravagant, strong character - was the Notary in Figueres and well known both in Figueres and Cadaqués. In his early years, the genius artist from the Empordà region was known only as the son of the Notary.
Although Dalí’s family never made any photograph albums, they enjoyed being pictured, which is why there are so many photographs of the period between 1900 - 1928. The photographs are from several archives belonging either to the Dalí family or the Domènech family, or members of their closest circle of friends.
The most distinguished piece in this section is “Don Osito Marquina”, the teddy bear produced by Steiff that Dalí’s parents purchased for their children – Anna Maria and Salvador – while visiting Paris in 1910. It was the Dalí family’s most treasured toy, and it owes its name to the poet Federico García Lorca, who sent moving letters to his favourite teddy bear from Granada.