a painting of a cherry branch with leaves and flowers

Reimagining Nature: Dalí's Floral Fantasies

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May 18, 2024 – October 20, 2024

Location: The Hough Family Wing & Majeed Gallery

Reimagining Nature: Dalí’s Floral Fantasies 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.

This special exhibition is included in the price of Gallery Admission. To reserve your ticket for this exhibit, book your visit during the exhibit timeframe (May 18, 2024 – October 20, 2024). Tickets are typically available up to 30 days in advance.