On a hot summer day in 1936, a woman dressed in a wedding gown walked through Trafalgar Square, her head bedecked by red roses, an homage to a celebrated painting by Salvador Dalì. That eccentric woman was artist Sheila Legge who, as a “surrealist ghost”, was launching the start of the International Surrealist Exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries in Mayfair. At the Whitechapel Gallery, the exhibition Phantoms of Surrealism reunites a series of art works, photo albums and newspaper clippings regarding that famed exhibition of 1936. Along with the exhibition Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy, also in the spaces of the Whitechapel, the itinerary reveals the fundamental role that women had in spreading the surrealist movement of the 1930s in Great Britain. Eleven artists’ works await visitors, from Ruth Adams to Elizabeth Andrews, from Diana Brinton Lee to Stella Snead.
Seventy years of encounters, clashes, journeys and metamorphoses, but, above all, an explosion of creativity - all this at the Tate Britain in the largest exhibition ever dedicated to the artistic ties between the Caribbean and the United Kingdom.