The recent flurry of British scholarly and curatorial interest in the history of surrealism continues in 2009:—

The Whitworth Art Gallery (University of Manchester) hosts “Dwelling, Walking, Falling: an international conference on the Experience of Everyday Space” from 13th-14th February 09 (£30). It aims to…

“address the social, political and psychoanalytical modes through which we encounter and interact with urban space. The focus will be on the individual and collective experiences of architecture and urbanism, and the ways in which these experiences operate at the levels of everyday reality as well as imagination and fantasy.”

The conference coincides with what seems to be the first outing for the touring exhibition “Surrealism and Contemporary Art: Subversive Spaces” at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester…

“This exhibition presents work by the masters of surrealism alongside the work of contemporary artists. In doing so, it reveals the impact of one of the most influential art movements of the twentieth century on a generation of younger artists. Focussing on a fascination with the symbolism of interior and public spaces, and exploring the social and psychological space of architecture and the environment, artists such as Rene Magritte, Mona Hatoum, Dorothea Tanning, Max Ernst, the photographer Brassai, and Salvador Dali will be represented.”

Also in Manchester, the 35th Association of Art Historians conference will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University from 2nd – 4th April 09. The theme is “Surrealism & Non-Normative Sexualities“…

“Despite [Andre] Breton’s strictures, surrealism did include a considerable number of queer artists, writers and filmmakers who were demonstrably connected with its cultural reception in Britain, the USA, Spain, and Mexico. […] Salvador Dali’s espousal of a surrealism of the polymorphously perverse implied a less censorious stance toward non-normative sexualities. [We] will ask what new perspectives on surrealism can emerge from an intersection with queer theory.”

Dawn Ades gives the British Academy Annual Lecture in London on 27th May 09, titled “Surrealism and its legacies in Latin America“.

And the Manchester show “Surrealism and Contemporary Art: Subversive Spaces” tours to Compton Verney in Warwickshire, from 13th June – 6th September 09.

Back in Manchester again (why does this sort of cool stuff always avoid Birmingham?), “Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism” is at the Manchester Art Gallery, opening on 26th September 09…

Angels of Anarchy is the first major group exhibition of 20th century women surrealist artists ever to be held in Europe. Featuring over 100 well known and rarely seen artworks … Meret Oppenheim, Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller, Leonora Carrington and Francesca Woodman”