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Dora Maar at Tate Modern

November 20 2019 - March 15 2020

Dora Maar
Dora Maar, 1907-1997 Untitled (Hand-Shell) 1934, © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019


Often remembered as Pablo Picasso’s partner of eight years, Dora Maar is now having her own artistic legacy celebrated in a comprehensive exhibition at the Tate Modern, comprising of over 200 works.

An icon of the surrealism movement, Maar’s career begun in the 1930s with her exploration of photography, mainly in advertising and fashion, where she often incorporated a juxtaposing twist to the messages behind her subject. The exhibition presents her most important works, including examples of her renowned nude and erotic photography, which was a significant taboo at the time.

Maar met Picasso in 1935, an unsettling wartime period, where the creative duo greatly contributed to each other’s careers. Rarely seen privately-owned canvases such as La Conversation 1937 and La Cage 1943,that the couple dynamically worked on together during their relationship, will be showcased. Visitors will also be given an insight into the working process of Picasso, through Maar’s documentation of his creating the iconic, politically charged Guernica in 1937.

In the second part of her life, Maar took a step away from her focus on photography, inspired to communicate her interpretations of poetry, religion and philosophy through paintings which were abstract and suggestive. However, in the 1950’s Maar often withdrew from numerous exhibitions, for reasons unknown.

This exhibition presents how Maar’s artwork developed throughout her lifetime, including over twenty works from the period when she withheld her pieces from artistic circles. A fully illustrated catalogue and programme of talks support the retrospective exhibition of the revolutionary artist.

In addition to the extraordinary exhibition, there will also be an accompanying series of talks and events such as a ‘Curators Talk’ on the 20th January, and a ‘Fast Forward: How Do Women Work?’ conference exploring the fascinating works of female photographers.

By Georgia Moore-Hemsley


20 November 2019 – 15 March 2020, open 9.45am – 6pm daily and until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.


Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG



Tickets cost £13 per adult and are free of charge for Tate Modern Members.

Tickets can be booked online or by phone on 020 7887 8888 


November 20 2019
March 15 2020
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Tate Modern
London, England SE1 9TG United Kingdom
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