Dorothea Tanning (b. 1910, Galesburg, IL; d. 2012, New York, NY), has had over eighty solo exhibitions, participated in hundreds of group shows and her work is owned by some of the most prestigious collections in the world, such as: Tate, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Modern, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Max Ernst Museum, Brühl; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.


Exhibiting since 1937, examples of some more recent solo exhibitions are Dorothea Tanning: Flower Paintings, Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2016); Dorothea Tanning: Murmurs, a co-presentation with Marianne Boesky Gallery and Alison Jacques Gallery, 118 East 64th Street, New York (2015); Web of Dreams, Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2014); 100 Years – A Tribute, Galerie Bel’Art, Stockholm (2010); Birthday and Beyond, Philadelphia Museum of Art (2000); and Works 1942-1992, Camden Arts Centre, London (1992). Tanning has participated at 55th and 42nd Venice Biennales (2013 and 1986, respectively); as well as contributed to a vast number of group exhibitions, such as Disobedient Bodies, Hepworth Wakefield Gallery, West Yorkshire (2017); The Beguiling Siren is Thy Crest, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland (2017); Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu, Camden Arts Centre, London (2016); Surreal Encounters: Collecting the Marvellous, National Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh (2016); Surrealism & Duchamp, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2013); Alice in the Wonderland of Art, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (2012); elles@centrepompidou, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2009) and Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2008).