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Lee Miller, Portrait of Space, Nr Siwa, Egypt, 1937. © Lee Miller Archives, England 2017. All rights reserved
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Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain

22 Jun - 07 Oct 2018

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Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain will be the first exhibition to explore Miller’s involvement with the surrealist circles in Britain in the late 1930s.

This exhibition will tell the story of Surrealism in Britain and shine a light on the little known, but exciting, cultural moment, through Miller’s lens.

The show will focus 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 will also feature in the exhibition.

The exhibition will also highlight 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.

Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain is timed to sit alongside our exhibition Viviane Sassen: Hot Mirror. 

This exhibition is organised by The Hepworth Wakefield in association with the Fundació Joan Miró. An expanded version of the exhibition will be presented in Barcelona from 31 October 2018 to 20 January 2019 sponsored by the BBVA Foundation

‘It is deeply satisfying to see Lee Miller’s work exhibited at the Hepworth Wakefield with the British Surrealists she is numbered amongst and who were some of her closest friends.’

Antony Penrose, son of Lee Miller


About Lee Miller

Lee Miller (1907 – 1977)

Lee Miller was one of the most original photographic artists of the 20th century, whose work spanned the fields of fashion, photojournalism and art.

Arriving in Paris in 1929, Miller quickly became Man Ray’s apprentice, muse and collaborator, becoming part of the Surrealist network.

During World War II, Miller was employed by  British Vogue  as a freelance war correspondent, capturing thought-provoking images of Hitler’s secret apartments and the harrowing atrocities of wartime living with her particular surrealist eye.

After the war, Miller settled with husband Roland Penrose at ‘Farleys’ on Farley Farm in Sussex, continuing her practice as a photographer.

Image: Lee Miller, Henry Moore with his sculpture Mother and Child, Farleys Garden, East Sussex, 1953. Modern C-type Print. © Lee Miller Archives, England 2017. All rights reserved

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