Southampton gallery explores British Surrealism

Date Posted: 05/12/2011

Exploring British Surrealism from its origin to the present day, Southampton City Art Gallery in Hampshire will present new exhibition, The Road is Wider than Long; Roland Penrose and British Surrealism, running from the 9th February to 13th May.

Focusing on the influence of artist, historian and poet, Sir Roland Penrose, the exhibition is set to bring together over 100 significant artworks. Penrose was largely responsible for establishing the English Surrealist movement through his coordinating role in the International Surrealist Exhibition of 1936.

The Road is Wider than Long will feature many of Penrose’s paintings and collages, which are among the most iconic and enduring of the period. British Surrealism was distinctive, particularly in the fusion of Surrealist ideas with native traditions of romantic landscape, spiritualism and humour. The exhibition aims to explore the many facets of the movement through works by celebrated artists including Eileen Agar, Cecil Collins, Merlyn Evans, Ceri Richards, John Tunnard, Conroy Maddox and Paul Nash.

Visiting groups will also have the opportunity to gain a greater insight through a range of interactive learning activities featured in the exhibition, along with a supporting programme of events and talks.

For further information or to arrange a group visit to Southampton City Art Gallery, telephone: 023-8083 3007 or visit

Image Credit: © Roland Penrose Estate, England 2011. All rights reserved.

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