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