Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism


Le Bout du monde by Leonor Fini (1948).

Yes, I’ll definitely be going to see this one.

The first major exhibition of women artists and Surrealism to be held in Europe, Angels of Anarchy, opens this autumn at Manchester Art Gallery.

Featuring over 150 artworks by 32 women artists, the exhibition is a celebration of the crucial, but at the time not fully recognised, role that women artists have played within Surrealism. Paintings, prints, photographs, surreal objects and sculptures by well-known international artists including Frida Kahlo, Meret Oppenheim, Leonora Carrington and Lee Miller will be exhibited alongside works by artists less well-known in the UK, such as Emila Medková, Jane Graverol, Mimi Parent, Kay Sage and Francesca Woodman. Manchester Art Gallery is the only venue for this exhibition, making it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the works of so many significant women artists displayed together, with many of the works on loan from international public and private collections.

Angels of Anarchy runs from 26 September 2009–10 January 2010 at Manchester Art Gallery, and it’s a paying event with tickets at £6 (concessions £4, free entry for under 18s and Manchester Art Gallery Friends).

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5 thoughts on “Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism”

  1. Thanks for alerting us to this! It’ll be fascinating to finally see Carrington, Tanning et al in the flesh. Good to see Ithell Colquhoun represented as well. I have high hopes for this show.

  2. There was a great exhibition in Brighton in 1998 of Edward James’s collection of Surrealist art which included a Dorothea Tanning and some Leonora Carrington paintings. Those are the only ones of which I’ve seen originals. Ithell Colquhoun is a welcome inclusion for this exhibition, you rarely see her work mentioned outside occult art discussions.

  3. Damn, no w I’ll have to get up to Manchester to see this!

    I remember the Brighton exhibition, and there were also paintings by Dorothea Tanning and Leonora Carrington (as well as some striking and disturbing sculpture by (I think) Tanning) at the Tate Modern Surealism; Desire Unbound show in 2001. I suspect that the work of the women surrealists has held up better than that of some of the men, but that may be because is has been less seen until recently.

  4. I will be definately going too!!! have the good fortune to have seen quite a few of these womens work, but will be a treat to see them all together. thank you for all your wonderful posts!I

  5. Hi! I have just been to see this and its VERY good! I made loads of notes about it and I shall be writing about it on my wordpress blog (day after tomorrow)
    Kind Regards
    Lynda (echostains)

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