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Alyce Mahon

Alyce Mahon is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Surrealism and the Politics of Eros, 1938-1968 (2005), Eroticism & Art (2007), The Marquis de Sade and the Avant-Garde (2020), the edited catalogue Dorothea Tanning (2018), and numerous essays on Surrealist, avant-garde, and feminist art.

She curated the first major retrospective of “Dorothea Tanning” for the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid (2018-2019), and the Tate Modern, London (2019), and is the co-curator of “Sade: Freedom or Evil” for the CCCB, Barcelona (May 10-October 15, 2023). She frequently serves as curatorial advisor and specialist author for international exhibitions of Surrealism including most recently “Surrealism & Design Now: From Dalí to AI” (Museum of Design, London, 2022-2023), “The Milk of Dreams” (59th Venice Biennale, 2022), “Surrealism & Magic” (Peggy Guggenheim, Venice & Barberini Museum Potsdam, 2022), “Maria Martins: Desejo Imaginante” (MASP, Sao Paulo, 2021), “Fantastic Women – Surreal Worlds” (Schirn Kusnthalle, Frankfurt, and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, 2020), “Leonor Fini: Theatre of Desire 1930-1990” (Museum of Sex, New York, 2018- 2019) and “Couples Modernes” (Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2018).

Update: 4 April 2023



Has participated in

Laia Abril, Marcelo Brodsky, Teresa Margolles and Joan Morey

Sade: from the perspective of art