Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain: talk and exhibition

28 June 2018

Exhibitions, Talks

About the talk:

Open: 28th July 2018, 12-1.30pm

Tickets: £10 / £7.50 Members / £5 Students

Join Anthony Penrose, son of Lee Miller, her biographer and Co-Director of The Lee Miller Archives, for this unique and imitate insight into Lee Miller’s role as a surrealist artist, her place within the surrealist movement along with her husband Roland Penrose, and how she carried surrealism into fashion and reportage. 

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About the exhibition:

Open: 22nd June-7th October

Free entry to exhibition 

Lee Miller’s work spanned the fields of fashion, photojournalism and art. Arriving in Paris in 1929 Miller became Man Ray’s apprentice, muse and collaborator and quickly became part of the Surrealist network, creating striking and experimental surrealist photographs.

Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain will be the first exhibition to explore Miller’s involvement with the surrealist circles in Britain, where the movement burgeoned in the late 1930s. London became the destination for many artists leaving increasingly troubling political situations on the continent in the immediate post-war period, and for a brief but intense time, Britain was a Surrealist centre.

Miller, along with her later-husband Roland Penrose, played a significant role in the British Surrealist movement of the 1930s. In 1936 Penrose put together an organising committee for the first International Surrealism Exhibition in London, held at New Burlington Gardens and seen by over 23,000 people. The show will focus on the creative collaborations with the artists Miller knew, photographed, and exhibited alongside.

During World War II, Miller was employed by British Vogue as a freelance war correspondent. Working with the likes of David E. Scherman, Miller captured thought-provoking images of Hitler’s secret apartments and the harrowing atrocities of wartime living with her particular surrealist eye. A selection of these photographs including Lee Miller in Hitler’s Bathtub (1945) will be displayed, alongside her unique surrealist take on fashion and commercial photography from the same period.

Sculptures, paintings, photographs, collages and works on paper by artists Eileen Agar, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, René Magritte and Henry Moore will also feature in the exhibition to explore the creative networks and productive collisions during this exciting time. 

Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain will tour to the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona 31st October 2018–20th January 2019. 

The Hepworth Wakefield,
Gallery Walk,
West Yorkshire
WF1 5AW 

Exhibition website: www.hepworthwakefield.org/whats-on/lee-miller-and-surrealism-in-britain/

Picture copyright: Lee Miller, Portrait of Space, Nr Siwa, Egypt, 1937. © Lee Miller Archives, England 2018. All rights reserved.