The Dalí Museum Presents Reimagining Nature: Dalí’s Floral Fantasies

May 14, 2024

The newest exhibition explores Dalí’s most whimsical and most treasured botanical prints

Opening Saturday in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Surrealism, The Dalí Museum debuts the special exhibition Reimagining Nature: Dalí’s Floral Fantasies, showcasing the world of flowering plants reimagined by Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) with beauty and complexity. In addition to several oil paintings, the artist made three suites (series) of images based in the tradition of botanical prints, on display at The Dalí together for the first time in two decades. The breathtaking works are on view in the Museum’s Hough Family Wing from May 18 through October 20, 2024.

Crafted late in Dalí’s career, Flora Dalínae (FlorDalí), 1968, FlorDalí (Les Fruits), 1969, and Florals (Surrealist Flowers), 1972, were created during the height of the Pop Art movement during his interaction with New York Pop artists like Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Dalí’s floral hybrids, aimed at provocation and delight, survey key images associated with his works throughout his career, while forging a new personal path in the genre of printmaking.

“In cultivating plants, human beings have made fruits more abundant and colors of flowers more intense,” said Dalí Museum Executive Director Hank Hine. “Dalí’s botanical series are an exercise in this same intervention, a Surrealist collage to make a new phylum of beings, a new species of perception. Dalí seems to predict the marvels of genetic engineering, pressing the boundaries of what is imaginable and inspiring new ways of seeing the world.”

In these prints, Dalí often layered his own imagery onto original illustrations, such as those by the 18th- and 19th-century artists Pierre Antoine Poiteau and Pierre-Joseph Redouté. These traditional depictions of fruits and flowers are transformed by Dalí through the addition of a dreamlike cast of characters and symbols. A selection of Dalí’s oil paintings incorporating floral imagery including Anatomies (1937), on loan from the collection of local art collector Ted Chernick, accompany the suites. Also on view are archival materials that served as sources of inspiration, plus Dalí’s designs for fashion advertising, such as his Vogue magazine cover of 1939 featuring his powerful image of a flower-headed woman.

“Dalí’s long-standing fascination with botanical evolution profoundly influenced his achievements as one of the great 20th century masters of illusionism,” said Peter Tush, The Dalí’s Curator of Education and curator of Dalí’s Floral Fantasies. “For him, nature was a source of not only beauty, but also of his singular approach to visual transformation. These images represent some of the most provocative and whimsical inventions Dalí ever made.”

A color catalog featuring the beautiful works from Reimagining Nature: Dalí’s Floral Fantasies is available in the Museum Store and serves as a companion to the Museum’s recently published collection catalogs of paintings and drawings. Additionally, visitors can enhance their Museum experience with a special exhibition audio tour on their mobile device, available in both English and Spanish through The Dalí Museum’s mobile guide on the free arts and culture app, Bloomberg Connects.

The Museum offers programming inspired by Dalí’s Floral Fantasies including an art and cocktail mixology event, educational lectures, botanical workshops and interpretive musical performances during the exhibition. More information can be found at Additionally, the Museum offers numerous floral-inspired surprises and surreal photo opportunities throughout the Museum and in the Avant-garden.


Ask Dalí: An experience available only at The Dalí Museum and included in the price of gallery admission, Ask Dalí allows visitors to ask any question of a re-created Salvador Dalí using the latest artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Created in partnership with Goodby Silverstein & Partners (GS&P), Ask Dalí is powered by several modern machine-learning models, including GPT-4 from OpenAI and Eleven Multilingual V2 from ElevenLabs. The models have been trained using a variety of the artist’s writings and archival audio, resulting in a voice that sounds remarkably like Dalí’s real voice and a dialogue that reflects his unique personality. To start a conversation, visitors simply pick up a telephone inspired by Dalí’s famous Lobster Phone and ask any question they would like.

Dalí Alive 360°: This popular multisensory art experience envelops visitors in 360 degrees of light and sound within The Dalí Dome. Now with seating for a comfortable 35-minute experience, the dynamic animations of Dalí’s works featured in Dalí Alive 360° illuminate the challenges and triumphs of his artistic career and provide visitors with the sensation of stepping into the life of Dalí himself. “I was mesmerized,” “It helped me better understand and appreciate Dalí’s art,” and “One of the best exhibits I’ve ever seen” are just a few of the visitor reviews of this immersive art experience.

The hotel partner for Reimagining Nature: Dalí’s Floral Fantasies is TradeWinds Island Resorts.

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About The Dalí Museum
The Dalí Museum, located in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla., is home to a preeminent collection of the artist’s works, with over 2,400 works representing every period and medium of Salvador Dalí’s creative life. The Dalí is recognized internationally by the Michelin Guide with its highest three-star rating; has been named one of seven museums globally that showcase the future by CNN Travel; and was named one of the 10 most interesting museums in the world by Architectural Digest. The Dalí Museum’s acclaimed digital experiences have received numerous national and international awards for creative innovation. The Museum is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to preserve Dalí’s legacy for generations to come and serve as an active resource in the cultural life of the community and the world at large. Open daily at One Dalí Boulevard, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33701, The Dalí welcomes all as unique individuals and is committed to making its collection, exhibitions, building and programs accessible. For more information, visit or download the Bloomberg Connects app for The Dalí Museum’s free mobile guide.

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