Tate Modern - Wifredo Lam
Bankside, London SE1 9TG
This exciting exhibition celebrates Wifredo Lam’s interesting and colourful life
Wifredo Lam, Cuban Modernist, born in Cuba in 1902 “Lam’s mother was of Spanish and African heritage and his father was Cantonese Chinese” .Lam was highly influenced by a life time of global travelled from Europe to the Americas and poignant periods in history such as the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and the Cuba Revolution.
In 1955 in Paris, Lam met the young Swedish artist Lou Laurin, who later would become his third wife. Lam met the young Swedish artist Lou Laurin at the Galerie du Dragon, during an exhibit of Latin-American artists. In September the same year, he went to Sweden and participated in a collective exhibition Imaginisterna at the Colibri gallery in the city of Malmo which included other artists associated with the CoBrA movement. He took the time to visit the country, in particular Falun where Lou Laurin introduced him to her family. Wifredo Lam and Lou Laurin had 3 sons together.
Displaying work influenced by African traditions, Surrealism and Cubism, Lams work is highly distinctive and recognisable.
Lams long list of celebrity friends such as Picasso, Breton, Levi-Strauss, Pollock, Kahlo and Rivera inspired shaping his work, and supported his own distinctive style combing surrealism with cubism.
“Wifredo Lam died on September 11, 1982 in Paris. Having had over one hundred personal exhibitions around the world such as Paris, NYC and Madrid, Lam had a well established reputation by the time of his death”.
This must see exhibition is on between 14 September 2016 – 8 January 2017