2020 is going to be the year of Surrealist women. Usually depicted as mere muses to the celebrated men of Surrealism (you can read about the art movement in a piece I wrote for January’s issue of Breathe magazine), the women of Surrealism challenged and shaped the movement. Surprisingly, although the Surrealists embraced free-thinking, they sought to control and minimise the contribution of their female artist counterparts, so this year is readdressing the balance. You can explore the work of Surrealist Dora Marr at the Tate Modern from now until March.
There’s also an exhibition coming up at the Dulwich Picture Gallery called British Surrealism from 26 February-17 May, which is said to feature a lot of work from female artists. And if you happen to be in Copenhagen, the Louisiana’s summer exhibition, Fantastic Women – Surreal Worlds From Meret Oppenheim to Frida Kahlo starts in June.
Who is Dora Maar?
You probably already know Dora Maar’s face. Or rather, you probably already know Dora Maar’s face as Picasso painted it. The subject of many of Picasso’s famed paintings, including the Weeping Woman, Maar was in a relationship with the celebrated Spaniard, but her legacy stretches far further than this. Her photomontages during the 1930s became symbols of surrealism, she documented Picasso’s Guernica 1937 and her left-wing political stance was way ahead of her time.
London SE1 9TG
20 November 2019 – 15 March 2020
£13 / FREE for Members
Family child 12–18 years £5
Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)
16–25? Join Tate Collective for £5 tickets
See the exhibition for just £10 during Uniqlo Tate Lates.
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