Art

The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington

Fri 24 Nov / Quarterhouse

In 2006 journalist Joanna Moorhead discovered that her father's cousin, regarded as a black sheep had become a national treasure in Mexico, where she lived.

Joanna set off to Mexico City to find her. They spent days talking and reading together, drinking tea and tequila, going for walks and to parties as Leonora Carrington told Joanna the wild and amazing truth about a life that had taken her from the suffocating existence of a debutante in London via war-torn France with her lover, Max Ernst, to incarceration in an asylum and finally to the life of a recluse in Mexico City.

Leonora was one of the last surviving participants in the Surrealist movement of the 1930s, a founding member of the Women's Liberation Movement in Mexico during the 1970s and a woman whose reputation will survive not only as a muse but as a novelist and a great artist.

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