Opening May 18, the exhibition features rarely displayed surreal prints from the Museum’s premier collection
The Dalí Museum presents Salvador Dalí’s best-loved botanical print suites sourced from the Museum’s collection. The suites will be displayed together for the first time in two decades in the special exhibition, Reimagining Nature: Dalí’s Floral Fantasies. Opening on May 18, 2024, this exhibition will showcase Dalí’s transformation of botanical renderings of fruits and flowers into astonishing surreal creations. The exhibition will run through October 20, 2024, and kicks off the Museum’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of Surrealism.
Crafted late in Salvador 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 at the height of the Pop era, when Dalí’s printmaking practice was becoming increasingly prolific. 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.
“As one of the great masters of illusionism in the 20th century, Dalí habitually looked to highlight otherwise common forms in an alternative way; he dedicated his life to achieving visual transformation,” said senior curator of education at The Dalí and curator of the exhibition, Peter Tush. “The works in this exhibition demonstrate his uncanny ability to see and think differently, and to discover the unexpected.”
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.
“As 2024 marks the centenary of the Surrealist movement founded in 1924, this exhibition takes part in The Dalí’s year-long celebration of Surrealism’s history and the assessment of its legacy,” said the Museum’s director of curatorial affairs, Jennifer Cohen. “Reimagining Nature explores one of Dalí’s many contributions to the contemporary art landscape of the 1960s and 70s, demonstrating just one facet of the profound impact Surrealism has had on the history of art.”
A beautiful color catalog featuring works from Reimagining Nature: Dalí’s Floral Fantasies will accompany the exhibition and serve as a companion to the Museum’s recently published collection catalogs of paintings and drawings.
CURRENTLY ON VIEW AT THE DALÍ
Dalí Alive 360°: This popular multi-sensory art experience envelops visitors in 360 degrees of light and sound within The Dalí Dome. Now featuring 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.
Dalí & the Impressionists: Monet, Renoir, Degas & More: On view through April 28, this exhibition explores Dalí’s profound engagement with the Impressionist movement. Organized in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, one of the foremost collections of French Impressionism in the U.S., early Dalí’s works are paired with paintings by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse and more, many showcased for the first time in Florida. Visitors can also learn more about the Impressionist movement through two personalized interactive experiences: the Museum’s YOUR PORTRAIT, which allows visitors to create, share and order prints of their own Impressionist self-portrait, and The Dalí’s Dream Tapestry, which manifests visitors’ written dreams into a one-of-a-kind Impressionist works of art. The presenting sponsor of Dalí & the Impressionists: Monet, Renoir, Degas & More is Kane’s Furniture.
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About The Dalí Museum
The Dalí Museum, located in picturesque downtown St. Petersburg, Fla., is home to one of the most acclaimed collections of a single modern artist in the world, with over 2,400 works representing every moment and medium of Salvador Dalí’s creative life. The Dalí is recognized internationally by the Michelin Guide with a three-star rating; has been deemed a museum that “puts innovation front and center” by CNN Travel; and was named one of the 10 most interesting museums in the world by Architectural Digest. The Dalí’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 TheDali.org or download the free Dalí Museum App.
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