Leonor Fini (1907-1996) was a recognised artist and personality in Europe's cultural life in the middle years of the 20th century. Her work challenged conventional ideas through questioning the frontiers between female and male, myth and reality, the conscious and unconscious. Fini demonstratively followed her own path and her work is characterised by a radical, consequential and individual approach. She moved in Surrealist circles and participated in the movement's exhibitions while as she distanced herself from the group's flag bearer André Breton and his domineering attitude.
Leonor Finis many-sided oeuvreis now presented for the first time in the Nordic countries. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, book illustrations, objects, text, film and costume sketches for the theatre and opera.
The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated bilingual exhibition catalog (English and Swedish) with previously unpublished texts by Leonor Fini alongside new texts by Lasse Söderberg, poet and author, Anna Rådström, art historian, Cecilia Andersson and Brita Täljedal, curators.
The exhibition is produced by Bildmuseet with the support of Umeå2014, a key stakeholder in the city's European Capital of Culture year. Thanks to MTAB.