Angels of Anarchy, Women Artists and Surrealism

26 September - 10 January

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Exhibition themes

The exhibition explores five different themes which show how women surrealist artists created artworks which challenged and subverted tradition. These themes are landscape, portrait, still life, interior and fantasy.

  • Portrait/Self Portrait

    Frida Kahlo, Diego y Frida 1929-1944 Claude Cahun, Self-portrait, 1927

    Traditionally, portraiture has represented women as passive muses or erotic objects. This was strongly evident in art by the male…

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  • Landscape

    Ithell Colquhoun, Scylla, 1938Lee Miller, Portrait of Space, 1937

    Women surrealist artists subvert the traditional landscape in different ways. Rock formations, beaches and desert sandscapes take…

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  • Interior

    Dorothea Tanning, Eine kleine Nachtmusik, 1943Remedios Varo, Insomnia, 1947

    Interiors in the world of women surrealist artists become strange, unfamiliar and uncanny spaces. They oppose the traditional view…

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  • Still Life

    Mimi Parent, Maîtresse, 1996Elisa Breton, Untitled

    Traditional still life painting usually features subject matter such as arrangements of food, flowers or objects. Women surrealists…

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  • Fantasy

    Jane Graverol, L’École de la vanité, 1967Leonor Fini, Le Bout du monde, 1948

    Fantastic scenarios played a significant role in women surrealists' artistic production. Fantasy offers fertile ground to…

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