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Stunning new exhibition showcases Dalí’s most whimsical surreal floral creations

Stunning new exhibition showcases Dalí’s most whimsical surreal floral creations

The exterior of The Dali Dome

For centuries, flowers and nature have served as inspiration for the world’s greatest artists, and a new exhibition at The Dalí Museum showcases the treasured floral works of the Master Surrealist himself. Reimagining Nature: Dalí’s Floral Fantasies officially opens this Saturday, May 18, at The Dalí Museum, showcasing the world of flowering plants, reimagined by Salvador Dalí with beauty and complexity.

The Dalí is located at 1 Dalí Boulevard in St. Pete, and the breathtaking works are on view in the Museum’s Hough Family Wing from May 18 through October 20, 2024. The exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of Surrealism, the artistic movement that launched Dalí to stardom. 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. Admission and tickets are available here.

Inside The Dali Museum

These suites of images were some of the last works the artist ever created, dreamt up near the end of his storied career, inspired by the likes of Andy Warhol and the New York Pop Art movement. Dalí’s floral hybrids, aimed at provocation and delight, survey key images associated with his works throughout his career, the museum explained, while forging a new personal path in the genre of printmaking.

Part of what makes these images so unique – and so very Dalí – is that many of them layer 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.

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Inside The Dali Museum

Of course, these prints aren’t the only works on display. The series is complemented by a selection of Dalí’s oil paintings incorporating floral imagery, including Anatomies (1937), on loan from the collection of local art collector Ted Chernick. 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.

“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.”

Inside The Dali Museum

In addition to the exhibition, the Museum is also hosting events inspired by Dalí’s Floral Fantasies, including an art and cocktail mixology night, educational lectures, botanical workshops, and even interpretive musical performances during the exhibition. More information can be found at TheDali.org/Events. Additionally, the Museum offers numerous floral-inspired surprises and surreal photo opportunities throughout the Museum and in the Avant-garden.

Get tickets to The Dalí Museum here. All admission includes access to Dalí’s Floral Fantasies, as well as Ask Dalí, the new A.I. experience that allows visitors to chat with a re-created Salvador Dalí using a version of his iconic lobster phone.

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