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"SURREALISM IN BIRMINGHAM"
2000-12-09 until 2001-03-11
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Birmingham, , UK

Beautiful as the change encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on an operating table…. Adopted by the Surrealist art movement in the mid-1920s, these words express the beyond reality of their ideas and work.

And for 20 years Birmingham was a hotbed of surrealism, although the city's influence on the movement has been little-known - until now. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery has brought together works by nationally acclaimed artists who were based in the city between 1935 and 1954.

The artist Conroy Maddox was the focal point of a group that came together in the Midlands during this period, meeting regularly at the Kardomah café in New Street. It sounds more like Paris than Birmingham, but these artists made surrealism a way of life as well as a style of painting.

Their works included The Visitor and The Jumping Three, by Desmond Morris, National History Museum of the Child, by John Melville, Brave Morning, by Emmy Bridgwater and The Boy, by Maddox.

These are all on show at the exhibition along with many other works from the city's collection, loans from the artists and families, private collections and from The Tate, The British Museum, The Arts Council of England and Leeds City Arts Gallery.


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