The Road is Wider than Long: Roland Penrose and British Surrealism – Southampton City Art Gallery

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The Road is Wider than Long: Roland Penrose and British Surrealism


This exhibition explores the weird and wonderful world of Roland Penrose and British Surrealism. The show looks at British Surrealism from its origins to the present day and brings together over one hundred significant artworks.


The exhibition will focus on the influence of the artist, historian and poet Sir Roland Penrose (1900–84). Penrose was largely responsible for establishing the

English Surrealist movement, through his coordinating role in the International Surrealist Exhibition of 1936. Displays will include paintings and collages by Penrose, and explore his relationships with Lee Miller and his Surrealist friends such as Picasso and Man Ray.


Artworks by celebrated artists such as Eileen Agar, Cecil Collins, Merlyn Evans, Ceri Richards, John Tunnard, Conroy Maddox and Paul Nash, as well as a number of works by the last living British Surrealist, Desmond Morris, will be included.


Significant loans will be exhibited courtesy of the Penrose Collection at Farley Farm, Desmond Morris, Swindon Art Gallery, the Taurus Gallery and the Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London alongside many important works from the gallery’s permanent collection.

Image Credit: Roland Penrose Night and Day (oil on canvas) 1937 © Roland Penrose Estate, England 2011. All rights reserved.

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