Selby Gardens announces the fourth exhibition in the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series, Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind

May 1, 2019

SARASOTA, FL: (May 1, 2019) Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Selby Gardens) is pleased to announce the fourth annual exhibition in the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series, Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind. In collaboration with The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, the exhibit will open February 9, 2020 and conclude on June 28, 2020. The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla. is home to an unparalleled collection of Salvador Dalí’s works. Salvador DalÍ: Gardens of the Mind will include ten colorful photolithographs of flowers by Dalí along with works from American photographer Clyde Butcher’s series Visions of Dalí’s Spain. These artworks and the Dalí-themed plant displays inspired by them will transform Selby Gardens’ into an evocation of Dalí’s vision.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Dalí in St. Petersburg and Clyde Butcher on this amazing exhibition at our living museum,” says Jennifer Rominiecki, president and CEO of Selby Gardens. “The Dalí’s location across Tampa Bay offers many opportunities to work together and create innovative and dynamic programs that connect our two cities.”

The Dalí exhibition highlights the artist’s repeated use of botanical imagery alongside a surreal display of tropical plants in Selby Gardens’ Tropical Conservatory and gardens. The lithographic series FlorDalí, on loan from The Dalí Museum, will be the centerpiece of the Museum of Botany & the Arts, along with artifacts and photos that put the artist’s life, work, and relationship with nature into context. Photos of Dalí’s beloved Catalonia by renowned nature photographer and local Sarasota County resident, Clyde Butcher, will showcase the extraordinary landscapes visible in several FlorDalí pieces and in much of Dalí’s art. Additional Dalí works will be on loan from Sarasota collector Keith D. Monda.

Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind will provide a fresh and playful perspective on one of the most famous artists of the 20th century,” says Dr. Carol Ockman, Curator at-Large for Selby Gardens and Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History at Williams College.

The series FlorDalí, 1968, 1969, and 1981 depicts flowers interpreted by Dalí’s vivid imagination: a rose sprouts butterfly wings instead of leaves; a lily’s similarity to a gramophone horn simulates a music-themed composition; a common dahlia morphs into a unicorn-like beast.

The immersive Goldstein Exhibition Series explores the use of nature and flowers by major artists. Past Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibitions include Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams, Warhol: Flowers in the Factory, and Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise. These master works of art seen in a garden setting awaken new comparisons in viewers’ minds.

Selby Gardens will present Dalí-themed lectures, performances, family programs, special tours, school curricula, and additional programs that complement the exhibition. Dalí merchandise will be for sale in the Garden Shop and food venues will offer a thematic menu.

Lead sponsors are as follows: Amicus Foundation and Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Major sponsors include Maryann and James Armour, Better-Gro, Ed and Betsy Cohen/Arête Foundation, Drs. Andrew and Judith Economos, Keith D. Monda, Northern Trust, and Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen. Supporting and additional sponsors are as follows: Beverly and Bob Bartner, Carole Crosby and Larry Wickless, Linnie E. Dalbeck Memorial Foundation, Dart Foundation, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Teri A Hansen, Marcy and Michael Klein, Katherine and Frank Martucci, Jennifer and Robert Rominiecki, So Staged, and Total Wine & More.

For more information, please email Lynn Bates at or 941.366.5731 Ext. 235.


About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytic plants such as orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns and other tropical plants, with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas. Regular admission is $20 and $10 children ages 4-17; members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or Get social with us on Facebook, Instagram and more by searching @selbygardens.