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A major show exploring the origins of surrealist art in Britain.
The exhibition explores British Surrealism as a fundamental movement in the history of art, pre-dating the international movement’s beginnings in the early 1920s. British Surrealism brings together more than 40 artists including Eileen Agar, John Armstrong, Francis Bacon, Edward Burra, Leonora Carrington, Henry Moore, Paul Nash and Graham Sutherland, featuring over 70 eclectic works, from paintings and sculptures to prints and etchings.
Curated by Dr David Boyd Haycock, the show is the first to trace the roots of surrealism back to 1620, through supporting archive material. 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 to 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.