A Tale of Mother’s Bones – Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange

19 Oct 2019 — 04 Jan 2020
Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn, Cornwall, United Kingdom, TR18 5PZ
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Grace Pailthorpe, Reuben Mednikoff and the birth of psychorealism.

An exhibition of paintings and drawings paired with psychoanalytic interpretation, A Tale of Mother’s Bones tells the remarkable story of a unique artistic and personal collaboration between Dr Grace Pailthorpe (1883–1971), a trained surgeon, and Reuben Mednikoff (1906–1972), an artist and designer. Pailthorpe and Mednikoff met in London in 1935, and moved to Port Isaac in Cornwall where they made some of their most wildly experimental artworks

Showing across both our venues, this is the first exhibition to bring together Pailthorpe and Mednikoff’s extraordinary drawings and paintings, with their often challenging interpretations. Featuring more than 90 works spanning nearly four decades, this show examines their earliest experiments with Surrealist processes, their response to the rise of Fascism in interwar Europe, and the way in which they approached gender, relationships, and spirituality, from progressive and often radical positions.

A Tale of Mother’s Bone is curated by Hope Wolf (University of Sussex), with the De La Warr Pavilion and Camden Arts Centre.

Opening Times

OPEN: Monday–Saturday: 10.00–17.00
Closed: Sundays


  • £3.30 (incl Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both venues, free entry for Patrons, Supporters, U18s and Local Art Pass holders

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