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Phantoms of Surrealism

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19 May to 12 December 2021
Phantoms of Surrealism is an upcoming archive exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, which will be available for art lovers to visit from 19th May to 12th December 2021. The exhibition pays homage to the original Phantom of Surrealism, artist Sheila Legge, who one summer day in 1936 dressed in a bridal gown with her head entirely covered with red roses in Trafalgar square, in tribute to Salvador Dali’s painting, Woman With the Head of Roses. The event was staged to mark the International Surrealist Exhibition held at the New Burlington Galleries.
The new exhibition brings together artworks, photographic scrapbooks, press cuttings and original works from the London International Surrealist Exhibition of 1936. The display coincides with Whitechapel Gallery’s other upcoming exhibition Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy, to present the pivotal role of women as artists, behind-the-scenes organisers, editors and animators of the Surrealist movement in Britain. 

The exhibitions features eleven female artists including Ruth Adams, Eileen Agar, Elizabeth Andrews, Diana Brinton Lee, Claude Cahun, Ithell Colquhoun, Sheila Legge, Grace Pailthorpe, Elizabeth Raikes, Edith Rimmington and Stella Snead.
The exhibition aims to showcase the brilliant work of these female artists, whilst highlighting their major contributions to the history of art.