Dorothea Tanning was born in Galesburg, Illinois (1910), and died in New York (2012) aged 101 years. Major solo shows during her lifetime included Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2000); Camden Arts Centre, London (1993); Malmö Konsthall, Malmö (1993); and Centre Pompidou, Paris (1974).

More recently, Tanning’s work has been included in a number of thematic museum group shows: Nick Mauss: Transmissions, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired By Her Writings, Tate St. Ives, curated by Laura Smith, Disobedient Bodies, Hepworth Gallery Wakefield, Yorkshire (2017); The Beguiling Siren is Thy Crest, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2017); Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu, Camden Arts Centre, London (2016).


Tanning’s work has been acquired by museums worldwide, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate, London; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

In 2018, The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid in collaboration with Tate Modern, London presents a major solo survey exhibition of Dorothea Tanning that explores key themes spanning seven decades of this seminal artist's career. The exhibition opened at Museo Reina Sofía in October 2018 and will travel to Tate Modern in February 2019.