Marion Adnams: A Singular Woman

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

2 December 2017 – 4 March 2018

This is the first major exhibition for nearly 50 years of surrealist artist, Marion Adnams, whose dream-like visions found their original inspiration in the Derbyshire landscape.

Marion Adnams, For Lo, Winter is Past, 1963

Adnams lived in Derby for most of her life, producing paintings reminiscent of the work of Salvador Dali, Renee Magritte and Paul Nash. The surrounding countryside was an important influence, particularly on her early paintings, but she never offered explanations, preferring people to interpret the work for themselves.

Although commercially and critically successful in her own lifetime, this is the first major retrospective of her work. The full range of her long and varied career is explored, bringing together paintings, drawings, prints, and personal objects from many important civic and private collections as well as the Derby Museums collection.

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Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 12-4pm

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