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  • LEONORA CARRINGTON RETROSPECTIVE AT IMMA

    Leonora Carrington, The Giantess (The Guardian of the Egg), 1947 circa, Tempera on wood panel, 117 x 68 cm, Collection Miguel S. Escobedo, © Estate of Leonora Carrington / ARS

    Leonora Carrington, The Giantess (The Guardian of the Egg), 1947 circa, Tempera on wood panel, 117 x 68 cm, Collection Miguel S. Escobedo, © Estate of Leonora Carrington / ARS

    The first major retrospective in Ireland of the work of Surrealist painter Leonora Carrington open at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin on September 18.  Known for her figurative dreamscapes and informed by her rich interest in mythology, alchemy, fairy tales and the occult The Celtic Surrealist focuses in particular on the imagery that enchanted Carrington as a child and on the influence of Mexico in her later work. It is a show of 30 paintings, six sculptures, four tapestries and 30 works on paper from the 1940’s onwards.

    Leonora Carrington (Lancashire 1917 – Ciudad de México 2011) was the daughter of a British father and an Irish mother from Moate, Co Westmeath. In 1936, when she was 19, she moved to London and Paris, where she became a central figure in the Surrealist movement later exhibiting with André Breton, Max Ernst and others. In 1940, following the internment of her lover Max Ernst, she suffered a mental breakdown after which she escaped from Lisbon to Mexico where she lived until her death in 2011 at the age of 94.  The show at IMMA will run until next January 26.

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