today I came to Dali museum in Figueres, Spain, and was informed by the staff — including the manager, that I am not allowed in barefoot as I was. They said that it is the rule of the museum. I asked to see the rule in written, seeing that people with barely any footwear (wearing only flipflops) are allowed in. I didn’t get any reasonable explanation nor did anyone show me the rule or the law which would forbid me to enter. They just insisted, explaining that that’s it.
I am a cultured — albeit always barefoot and thus perceived as eccentric — member of the society, facilitator of group processes, writer and speaker, I won cultural awards and I’ve been to many museums and cultural institutions barefoot, INCLUDING the Dali museum I was just denied entrance (that was quite a few years ago). I tried to explain this to the staff, but they wouldn’t listen, they forced me out, gently because I didn’t react with violence. I was just asking for a concrete explanation, but I am not stupid to fight against prejudiced repression exercised over me by short-witted clerks and “managers”.
Seeing this I can imagine even the eccentric Dali, if he came to the museum today, being denied entrance due to some peculiarity of his outfit on some particular day. Forbidding the non-conformist creative social activist to enter the museum is against the spirit of the great artist, whom the museum is dedicated to. I am wondering what would Dali say to this incident, were he still alive?