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Curator's Tour: Dora Maar: Provocateur

Dora Maar Model in Swimsuit 1936. The J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles © Estate of Dora Maar / DACS 2019, All Rights Reserved

Join Emma Jones for this special tour focussing on Dora Maar as a provocateur

This tour will focus on Dora Maar as a provocateur, someone who incites action, who unsettles and disrupts. Maar worked through a time of societal and political upheaval. She witnessed the blossoming of the beauty industry and the ‘femme moderne’ in France, and embraced surrealism’s transgressive vision.

In her return to painting she explored her local landscape using the language of abstraction, before reconciling her interest in mark making with her late darkroom practise.

The tour will look at a number of Maar’s works as ‘provocations’ to engage with her practise, provide a contextual history, and to think about her work in dialogue with contemporary culture.


Emma Jones is Curatorial Assistant, Photography at Tate Modern. Dora Maar is her first show in this role, but she has worked on other photography exhibitions at Tate including Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017 and Into the Light: Photography and Abstract Art.

Tate Modern

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

10 February 2020 at 18.30–20.30



£18 Concessions

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