Forbidden Territories: A Century of Surreal Landscapes at The Hepworth Wakefield

Forbidden Territories A Century of Surreal Landscapes at The Hepworth Wakefield



Forbidden Territories looks at 100 years of Surrealism, a groundbreaking artistic and intellectual movement. Originating in 1924 with André Breton’s ‘Surrealist Manifesto’, Surrealism continues to impact various forms of art today.

Exhibition Highlights

  • Exploration of landscapes as metaphors for the unconscious
  • Fusion of the botanical with the bodily
  • Artistic expression of political anxieties and gender roles
  • Trans-historical and thematic groupings of artwork

Featured Artists

The exhibition will showcase work from early Surrealists like Salvador Dalí, Man Ray, Eileen Agar, and Max Ernst, as well as later talents such as Leonora Carrington and Desmond Morris. Contemporary artists like Michael Dean, Helen Marten, and Portia Zvavahera are also included, extending the legacy of Surrealism into the present.

Special Section: Conversations Across Time

A concluding segment will display new pieces by María Berrío and Ro Robertson alongside lesser-known Surrealists like Ithell Colquhoun and Mary Wykeham. The latter’s work will be publicly exhibited in the largest scale since her 1945 solo show, coinciding with her works’ donation to The Hepworth Wakefield.

Exhibition Details

Dates: 21 November 2024 – 27 April 2025

Entry Fees: £12 / £10 / FREE for Members, Wakefield District residents and under 18s

Ticket includes entry to all gallery spaces on the day of the visit.

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image: Conroy Maddox (1912-2005), Landscape of the Night, 1939. Oil on canvas. The Sherwin Family Collection. Kind Permission for reproduction of Landscape of the Night is given by the artist’s daughter

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The Hepworth, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5AW
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21st Nov - 27th Apr, 2025
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