Tate, Liver­pool Show­ing from: 17 Novem­ber 2017 - 18 March 2018

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ART ROUNDUP -


Liver­pool presents the UK’s first com­pre­hen­sive ex­hi­bi­tion look­ing at how sur­re­al­ism de­vel­oped be­yond Europe. Sur­re­al­ism in Egypt: Art et Lib­erté

1938-1948 is the first com­pre­hen­sive mu­seum ex­hi­bi­tion about the Art and Lib­erty Group (Art et Lib­erté –jama’at al­fann wa al-hur­riyah). This sur­re­al­is­ti­cally in­clined, po­lit­i­cally en­gaged col­lec­tive of artists and writ­ers lived and worked in Cairo in the late 1930s un­til the late 1940s.

Although sur­re­al­ism is widely associated with Euro­pean artists, this ex­hi­bi­tion breaks new ground to re­veal the wider ge­o­graph­i­cal bases of the move­ment to of­fer an ex­panded view of

art his­tory. The Art and Lib­erty Group emerged out of travel, cor­re­spon­dence and con­ver­sa­tion, with in­ter­na­tional artists such as An­dré Bre­ton or pho­tog­ra­pher Lee Miller play­ing an im­por­tant role in in­tro­duc­ing sur­re­al­ism to the Cairo art scene and in­flu­enc­ing its devel­op­ment.

A rad­i­cal col­lec­tive of artists and writ­ers based in Cairo, their body of work forms an un­der­rep­re­sented yet dis­tinct chap­ter in the his­tory of sur­re­al­ism. The ex­hi­bi­tion tracks the his­tory of the group, pre­sent­ing more than 100 paint­ings, pho­to­graphs, draw­ings, archival doc­u­ments and film – most of which haven’t been shown in the UK.

V Ram­ses Younan, Un­ti­tled 1939

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