Dorothea Tanning pushed at the boundaries of surrealism for an incredible seventy years, and this will be the first major retrospective of her work since her death in 2012 at the age of 101.
The exhibition will encompass the entire seven decade stretch of her career, from her early enigmatic paintings to the stuffed-textile sculptures that she became famous for later.
If there was a chief idea behind her work, then it was to suggest that there was more to life than meets the eye. She constantly strove to show "unknown but knowable states". Surrealism was thus a perfect fit, and when she moved to Paris in the 1950s she started creating abstract paintings, followed by a series of uncanny soft sculptures.
In later life she devoted more of her time to publishing poetry and writing a novel.
Craig’s review of Tate Modern – “I promised myself that I would come to the Tate Modern with an open mind, but I know I'm going to laugh at the modern art. It's so bad, it's good. So you might want to take this review with a pinch of salt if you're an art lover. I do actually quite like art, believe it or not, but this isn't art to me. It's more like a song by someone who can't sing. It's a load of… continued”
Pierre Bonnard — The Colour Of Memory – 23 Jan to 6 May 2019 – Tate Modern will be putting on a major new exhibition of work by the master of colour and composition, Pierre Bonnard
Franz West at the Tate Modern – 20 Feb to 2 Jun 2019 – This retrospective will showcase some large-scale works and sculptures by Franz West - one of the leading figures in European art
Bill Viola and Michelangelo – 26 Jan to 31 Mar 2019 – This exhibition compares the work of two very different artists: the peerless Michelangelo, and the video artist Bill Viola.
The photographs of Don McCullin – 5 Feb to 6 May 2019 – An exhibition of 250 photographs by Don McCullin, showing scenes of poverty and war in Vietnam and Northern Ireland.
Elizabethan Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver – 21 Feb to 19 May 2019 – The Elizabethan Treasures exhibition brings together many of the best miniature paintings from the 16th and 17th-century
Phyllida Barlow at the Royal Academy – 23 Feb to 23 Jun 2019 – The RA will be showing one of Phyllida Barlow's large-scale installations in the new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Gallery
Scenes of Parisian Life — National Gallery – 28 Feb to 19 May 2019 – French artist Louis-Leopold Boilly worked in revolutionary Paris and witnessed the rise and fall of Napoleon.
Find more art exhibitions in February
If you enjoy Tate Modern then you might like to visit Hayward Gallery (walk it in 14 mins or catch the tube from Southwark to Waterloo), Saatchi Gallery (catch the train from Southwark to Sloane Square) and Serpentine Gallery (catch the train from Southwark to South Kensington)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans