Lecture or talk Adults

Leonora Carrington: Life and Legend

  • Tuesday 13 August, 12:45-1:30pm


Last year the National Galleries of Scotland acquired Leonora Carrington’s portrait of her then-lover, Max Ernst: painted in 1939 when the two were living together in France, it shows him wearing a robe of rose-coloured fur, his snow-white hair echoed in the icy landscape around him. In her book about Leonora Carrington, Joanna Moorhead argues that the portrait is key to understanding not only Carrington’s relationship with Ernst, but also her mission as an artist. In her talk Moorhead, a journalist and Carrington’s cousin, will also talk about why Carrington abandoned her family in the 1930s, and about the unlikely friendship the two of them forged 70 years later in Mexico. Joanna Moorhead’s book The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington is published in paperback in summer 2019, and signed copies will be available after the talk.

Leonora Carrington and Joanna Moorhead, image courtesy of Joanna Moorhead

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The Changing Places toilet is located in the rear car park of Modern One with accessible parking spaces located nearby. The unit is open 9am-5pm, every day, a key is not required.

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The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located 15 minutes’ walk from Princes Street. It includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two, set in a beautiful sculpture park.

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

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