This first exhibition to explore Miller’s involvement with the surrealist circles in Britain in the late 1930s tells the story of Surrealism in Britain and shines a light on the little known, but exciting, cultural moment, through Miller’s lens.
The show focuses on the creative collaborations with the artists Miller knew, photographed, and exhibited alongside, during a time when Britain was recognised as a ‘Surrealist centre’
Sculptures, paintings, photographs, collages and works on paper by artists Eileen Agar, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, René Magritte and Henry Moore also feature in the exhibition.
The exhibition also highlights Miller and her later-husband, Roland Penrose’s attempts to bring together Surrealist artists, including the 1936 International Surrealism Exhibition in London and the 1937 ‘Surrealist Invasion’ of Cornwall, where artists such as Nusch Éluard, Leonora Carrington and ELT Mesens came together to share a creative retreat, which Miller and Man Ray documented through photography.
Viviane Sassen: Hot Mirror
Hot Mirror presents a survey of work by internationally renowned Dutch artist and photographer Viviane Sassen.
Sassen is one of the most innovative photographers working today and cites Surrealism as one of her earliest artistic influences, seen in the uncanny shadows, fragmented bodies and dream-like landscapes in her work.
For Hot Mirror Sassen selects individual images from her notable art photography series of the last ten years, as well as new photographs and collages. These selections are be combined to create ‘image-poems’ that draw on the Surrealist strategies of collage. Hot Mirror also presents a new version of Sassen’s immersive film, Totem, 2014, which places the visitor inside a surreal landscape.
Hot Mirror is timed to sit alongside our exhibition exploring Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition we are delighted to offer Viviane Sassen: Hot Mirror, available to pre-order. This title focuses on Sassen’s fine art photography, revealing a surrealist undercurrent in her work.
Also available an Artist Edition, generously produced by Viviane Sassen for The Hepworth Wakefield from the original work, in archival pigment ink and collage, Three Planets, 2017, from the series Of Mud and Lotus.
The Hepworth Wakefield
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