London - Exhibition

Wilfredo Lam Solo Show

Tate Modern

14 Sep 201608 Jan 2017

Wifredo Lam’s distinctive style shook the assumptions of western Modernism. His distinctive paintings introduced the symbolism of his Cuban roots and defined a new way of painting for a post-colonial world. As he travelled in Europe and North and South America, he was a witness to twentieth century political upheaval – including the Spanish Civil War, the evacuation of artists and intellectuals from France with the onset of World War II, and the new Cuba borne of the Revolution.

Throughout his long career, his work addressed themes of social injustice, nature and spirituality, that challenged prevailing attitudes held by western artists about other cultures.

His work continues to bring a historical perspective to contemporary issues. This exhibition celebrates Lam’s life and work and confirms his place at the centre of global art history.

  • Wilfredo Lam, The Sombre Malembo, God of the Crossroads, 1943. Private Collection.Wilfredo Lam, The Sombre Malembo, God of the Crossroads, 1943. Private Collection.

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Special Events

Destination: London
Where: Tate Modern
Type: Breakfast

Breakfast and announcement of works acquired by Tate through the 2016 Frieze Tate Fund

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mon, tue, wed, thu, sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; fri, sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Free, except for special exhibitions


5000 m2

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Bankside London, SE1 9TG United Kingdom