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Member Preview — Reimagining Nature: Dalí’s Floral Fantasies

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May 15 @ 10:00am May 17 @ 6:00pm

As a benefit of Museum membership, members are invited to preview the special exhibition, Reimagining Nature: Dalí’s Floral Fantasies, from May 15-17, 2024, prior to the exhibit’s public opening. Please enjoy a members-only first look in the Hough Gallery on the Museum’s third floor.

Member Preview Days:
Wednesday, May 15th: 10am – 6pm
Thursday, May 16th: 10am – 8pm
Friday, May 17th: 10am – 6pm

Members are encouraged to RSVP at the link below. Walk up tickets are also available for member preview days on a first-come, first-served basis. As always, be sure to bring your membership card and valid ID to show at parking and admission. 

About Reimagining Nature: Dalí’s Floral Fantasies

This special exhibition presents Salvador Dalí’s best-loved botanical print suites sourced from The Dalí’s collection. This exhibition features three rarely displayed suites of botanical prints made by Dalí between 1968 and 1972, highlighting some of the most treasured works on paper in the Museum’s permanent collection. On display together for the first time in two decades, these astonishing works transform renderings of fruits and flowers, reimagining them as surreal creations at the height of the Pop era.

Crafted late in Dalí’s career, the three suites from the Museum’s vault, Flora Dalínae (FlorDalí), 1968, FlorDalí (Les Fruits), 1969 and Florals (Surrealist Flowers), 1972, were created when Dalí’s printmaking practice was becoming increasingly prolific. In these prints, Dalí often painted over original botanical illustrations, such as those by the 18- and 19th-century artists Pierre-Antoine Poiteau and Pierre-Joseph Redouté. The works in this exhibition transform these traditional depictions of fruits and flowers by juxtaposing incongruent elements, incorporating dream-like characters and iconic symbols often seen throughout Dalí’s career, such as flies, ants and melting clocks.

In addition to the print suites, a selection of Dalí’s paintings incorporating botanical imagery along with archival material, including floral advertisements designed by the artist, will be on display in the exhibition.