Salvador Dalí’s horses

Salvador Dalí’s The Happy Unicorn.
Salvador Dalí’s The Happy Unicorn. / SUR
  • The Gálvez museum in Macharaviaya will host a collection of Dali's paintings of horses from 15 September until 11 December

The Gálvez museum in Macharaviaya will be hosting a collection of Salvador Dalí’s paintings of horses. The exhibition, which will run from 15 September until 11 December, comprises of 24 of the artist’s works.

Animals featured heavily in the surrealist’s masterpieces and horses were no exception. He is said to have been fascinated by their "childlike vitality" and "life" and studied them through legends, mythology and history.

This exhibition shows works by Dalí that represent famous horses such as Clavileño, the fictional wooden horse that appears in Don Quixote, or Alexander the Great’s horse, Bucephalus, and his portrait of Lady Godiva, who according to legend rode her horse naked through the streets of Coventry in England, covered only by her long hair.

The collection also includes works which depict how horses have been used in agriculture and by soldiers during the Crusades.

Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres in Catalonia in 1904 and died there in 1989. He is particularly well-known for his surrealist masterpieces and iconic waxed moustache.

The exhibition can be seen in the newly refurbished Museo de los Gálvez in Macharaviaya which is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am until 2pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11am until 3pm. Private group visits can be organised via the town hall by prior arrangement.