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Surreal Friends: Leonora Carrington,…

Surreal Friends: Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Kati Horna

by Stefan van Raaij, Teresa Arcq, Joanna Moorhead

Other authors: Sharon-Michi Kusunoki (Contributor), Antonio Rodriguez Rivera (Contributor)

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This is the catalogue of an exhibition held at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, devoted to three women Surrealist artists: Leonora Carrington, Remedious Varo and Kati Horna. Each of these three had to flee Fascist Europe in the 1940s and fled to Mexico, which had taken the decision to give asylum to refugees from Fascism during the Spanish Civil War. The three women came to Mexico in 1943 and fell into the circle of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo (who was sceptical about them). Each had fine Surrealist credentials as well as more general artistic achievements; Horna, for example, was Hungarian-born but did a lot of reportage and photomontage work in Spain during the Civil War and was encouraged by Robert Capa.

Carrington still ives in Mexico City at the age of 93 and is revered by the Mexican establishment as one of their greatest living artists. ( )
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Surreal Friends brings together for the first time the work of three women Surrealist artists, friends in exile in Mexico in the 1940s: British painter Leonora Carrington, Spanish painter Remedios Varo and Hungarian photographer Kati Horna.
Remedios Varo arrived in Mexico City in 1941, having fled Nazi-occupied France with her lover, the French Surrealist poet Benjamin Péret. Until her early death in 1963 she produced a wealth of paintings inspired by the spirit and freedom of Mexico, in which magic, humour and illusion feature strongly.
Kati Horna was born in Hungary and moved to Paris to pursue a career as a photographer. With her partner José Horna she documented the Spanish Civil War, before moving with him to Mexico City in 1939. In Mexico she became a photojournalist for various newspapers and also took on more personal photography projects, much of this work suffused with a Surrealist thread.
For all three women, Mexico offered freedom to explore their art. Surreal Friends tells the fascinating story of their artistic friendship.
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