18 May – 18 September 2016
The first UK retrospective of one of the 20th century's most original painters.
Throughout her career Maria Lassnig was dedicated to ‘body-awareness’, a concept she coined which focuses on depicting the sensations and emotions felt by the human body as well as the physical figure itself.
Informed by cubism, surrealism and art informel, she used a vibrant palette and bold, confident brushwork to present disturbing self-portraits revealing inner anguish, as well as human figures fused with household objects and mechanical devices, exposing both domestic politics and the wider concerns of international warfare.
This exhibition features 40 large-scale paintings from throughout a career that took her from her hometown of Klagenfurt, Austria to Paris, Berlin and New York.