The first major show to explore the origins of surrealist art in Britain.
The exhibition explores British Surrealism as a fundamental movement in the history of art over a fascinating 170 year period, pre-dating the international movement’s beginnings in the early 1920s. British Surrealism 1783-1952 brings together over 30 artists including Eileen Agar, John Armstrong, Francis Bacon, Edward Burra, Leonora Carrington, Henry Moore, Paul Nash and Graham Sutherland, featuring 70 eclectic works, from paintings and sculptures to prints and etchings.
Curated by Dr David Boyd Haycock, the show is the first British surrealism exhibition in London for over 80 years. Exploring themes of the unconscious and uncanny as well as anarchy, radical politics, war and sexual desire, the exhibition suggests the roots of surrealism in Britain lie as far back as the work of Henri Fuseli and William Blake, through until the post-war era of the 1950s. Surrealism had an enormous influence on many British artists in the 1930s and '40s following the nightmare of the First World War – which Nash and Moore experienced first-hand.