British Surrealism

Closed until further notice

This major exhibition marks 100 years since the birth of Surrealism, championing the British artists that contributed to an iconic movement. See over 70 eclectic works from 42 artists including Leonora Carrington, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore and Paul Nash as well as lesser known figures like Marion Adnams, Conroy Maddox, Reuben Mednikoff and Grace Pailthorpe.

Embark on a journey into the unexpected, with innovative design and rooms that reject order and chronology to evoke Surrealism’s playful and provocative side. Explore themes of dreams and the subconscious, the irrational and impossible, politics, sex and desire, with highlights such as Edward Burra’s nightmarish Dancing Skeletons (1934), John Armstrong’s Heaviness of Sleep (1938) and Conroy Maddox’s disorientating The Lesson (1938). The exhibition also features rare edition books and objects, reaching back to the works of William Blake, Henri Fuseli and Lewis Carroll. Curated by Dr David Boyd Haycock, this will be the first exhibition in London on British Surrealism for over 80 years.

Surrealism was born out of the uncertainty of a post-war world, predicting the dawning of a new age. In 2020, we invite audiences to rediscover the relevance of these unnerving and inspiring works.

Duration 26 February 2020 - 17 May 2020
Times Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm; Closed Mondays except for Bank Holidays
Cost £16.50
Venue Dulwich Picture Gallery
Address Gallery Road, London, SE21 7AD
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