This major retrospective has been created in collaboration with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid and is the first major exhibition of Tanning’s works in 25 years. With this exhibition, Tate wishes to share the works of a talented, yet often underappreciated, artist with visitors, hoping to give an insight into her 'unique internal world'.
The 100 works brought together in the exhibition provide a chronological survey of Tanning's career. The exhibition transports the visitor through the decades, from Tanning's early Surrealist paintings (such as Birthday 1942, the painting that brought her and Ernst together) to her costume designs for the ballet (created in the 1950s, during Tanning's recovery from encephalitis) and her 1960s soft sculptures (Tanning sewed these warped, semi-human forms herself on her Singer machine) .
Dorothea Tanning Nue Couchée, 1969-70. Tate Collection © DACS, 2018.
Although the exhibition will underline Tanning's Surrealist tendencies, it also seeks to ‘explore the artist’s life-long passion for dance, music and performance’. The influence of this passion is particularly visible in the more abstract, prismatic paintings that marked a move away from Surrealism, starting with Le Mal oublié 1955. Bringing works from different periods together under one roof will demonstrate Tanning’s development across the decades, giving a rare perspective into a long and productive life.
|What||Dorothea Tanning exhibition, Tate Modern|
|Where||Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Southwark (underground)|
27 Feb 19 – 09 Jun 19, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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