Troy: Myth and Reality British Museum, 21st November to 8th March 2020
In May 1873, Heinrich Schliemann stumbled on a cache of gold artefacts at Hissarlik in modern Turkey. He declared the spot Homeric Troy. Some of these treasures, on loan from Berlin for the first time, will form the nucleus of an exhibition exploring Homer’s Iliad. Also on show will be a Roman sarcophagus lid with a wheeled wooden horse, Filippo Albacini’s marble statue of Achilles, along with The Judgment of Paris (after Rubens), and Dark Helen, from American artist Eleanor Antin’s 2007 photographic series Helen’s Odyssey.
Dora Maar, Tate Modern, 20th November to 15th March 2020
Picasso immortalised Dora Maar, who was the model for his traumatised Weeping Woman. Yet she was an accomplished artist in her own right. Henriette Theodora Markovitch (1907-97) was born in Paris and started as a photographer before moving on to painting. This exhibition, the largest ever UK retrospective of her work, traces her career from surrealist photomontages in the 1930s to her emotionally expressive late landscape paintings.
Radical Women: Jessica Dismorr and her Contemporaries, Pallant House, Chichester, 2nd November to 23rd February 2020
Pallant House here investigates the fascinating history of radical women artists of the early 20th century. Jessica Dismorr was at the forefront of the pre-First World War avant garde alongside Anne Estelle Rice, Ethel Wright and fellow Vorticist Helen Saunders. Post-war, Dismorr and others—including Winifred Nicholson, Sophie Fedorovitch and Barbara Hepworth—used their art to support women’s rights.