‘Parallel Lives’ exhibition set to open at Leeds Art Gallery

Caption: The 'Parallel Lives' exhibition will be showcased in Leeds Art Gallery from Friday.

Two artists who shared many similarities but created remarkably different work are to be showcased in a concurrent exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery from this Friday.

As part of the ‘Parallel Lives’ exhibition, visitors will have the chance to see for the first time the unique talents of Marlow Moss (1889-1958) and Claude Cahun (1894-1954) displayed together.

Marlow Moss was regarded as one of Britain’s most important Constructivist artists, on display will be paintings, reliefs and sculptures primarily concerned with an interrogation of spaces, movement and light, drawn from collections in the UK and Europe, are to be exhibited.

Moss, whose significance was until recently relatively overlooked, lived and worked between Paris and Cornwall for much of her life, and changed her name while adopting a masculine appearance in 1919. The exhibition is supported by letters and photographs drawn from the Tate Archive.

Born five years after Moss in Nantes and someone who also enjoyed the cultural avant-garde of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s is Cahun, whose pioneering work will also be available to view.

Featuring in the exhibition will be riveting photographic self-portraits which will reveal Cahun acting out her diverse identities both male and female in scenes that range from the starkly minimal to the elaborately staged. Cahun mingled with many of the leading artists of her day in Paris and eventually moved to Jersey in the Channel Islands where she was subsequently later in life imprisoned during Nazi occupation.

Held from Friday 6 June –Sunday 7 September 2014, an accompanying symposium on Thursday 12 June 2014 will introduce and contextualise the practice and look at their impact on contemporary artists working today.

For more details regarding exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery, please see www.leeds.gov.uk/artgallery

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure & skills said:

"This is a fantastic opportunity to see for the first time the diverse and intriguing work of Marlow Moss and Claude Cahun exhibited together.

"While there work was very different, they shared a number of similarities during their lives, and with an accompanying symposium also set to be held on Thursday 12 June, this ‘Parallel Lives’ exhibition really is something not to be missed."

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