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Professor Dawn Ades CBE, FBA (part-time)

Position in departmentProfessor Emerita
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Dawn Ades is a Fellow of the British Academy, a former trustee of Tate, Professor of the History of Art at the Royal Academy and was awarded a CBE in 2013 for her services to art history. She has been responsible for some of the most important exhibitions in London and overseas over the past thirty years, including Dada and Surrealism Reviewed, Art in Latin America and Francis Bacon. Most recently she organised the highly successful exhibition to celebrate the centenary of Salvador Dalí at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice (2004) The Colour of my Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art, at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2011), and was Associate Curator for Manifesta 9 (2012) . She has published standard works on photomontage, Dada, Surrealism, women artists and Mexican muralists. Dawn is now partially retired but continues to supervise PhD students.



Photomontage London 1976 (revised and enlarged edition 1986)

Dada and Surrealism Reviewed (with D. Sylvester and E. Cowling) ACGB London 1978

Salvador Dali London 1982 (revised edition 1990)

The Twentieth Century Poster: Design of the Avant-garde Walker Art Centre Minneapolis 1984

Art in Latin America: the Modern Era 1820-1980 Yale University Press and South Bank Centre London 1989

André Masson Barcelona, Paris, London 1994

Figures and Likenesses: the painting of Siron Franco Brazil 1996

Surrealist Art: The Lindy and Edwin Bergman Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago Art Institute of Chicago and Thames & Hudson 1997

Marcel Duchamp (with N. Cox and D.Hopkins) Thames & Hudson, London 1999

Dali’s Optical Illusions Yale University Press, London 2000


"Photography and the surrealist text" L’Amour fou: Photography and Surrealism ed. Rosalind Krauss and Jane Livingstone Corcoran Gallery of Art , Washington and Abbeville Press, New York 1985

"Paolozzi, Ethnography, Surrealism" Lost Magic Kingdoms Museum of Mankind, London 1985

"Visions de la matière: Breton, cubisme et surréalisme" Pleine Marge no. 13 Paris Juin 1991

"Duchamp’s Masquerades" The Portrait in Photography Reaktion Books, London 1992

"Morphologies of Desire" Salvador Dali : the Early Years South Bank Centre, London 1994

"Fetishism: Surrealism’s Job" Fetishism: Visualising Power and Desire Lund Humphries, London 1995

"Art as Monument" and "Paris 1937: art and the power of nations"Art and Power: Europe under the Dictators 1930-1945 South Bank centre, London 1995

"Salvador Dali and the myth of the father" Salvador Dali: A Mythology ed. D. Ades and F. Bradley Tate 1998

"Els horizons d’Yves Tanguy" Klee, Tanguy, Miró: Tres Visions del Paisatge, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona 1999

"Toledo" Francisco Toledo Whitechapel Art Gallery, London 2000

"Surrealism, Male-female" Surrealism: Desire Unbound Tate, London 2001

"Orozco and Modern (Easel) Painting" Jose Clemente Orozco in the United States, 1927-1934 Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College 2002


Dada and Surrealism reviewed Hayward Gallery London 1978 (co-curator)

Experimental Photography ACGB Touring Exhibition 1979-80

Art in Latin America: the Modern Era 1820-1980 Hayward Gallery, London; Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Nationalmuseum and Moderne Museet,Stockholm 1989

Salvador Dali: the Early Years Hayward Gallery, London 1994

Art and Power: Europe under the Dictators 1930-1945 Hayward Gallery, London; Barcelona; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Berlin 1995 (co-curator)

Fetishism: Visualising Power and Desire South Bank Touring Exhibition 1995 (co-curator)

Salvador Dali: A Mythology Tate Gallery Liverpool and Salvador Dali Museum, St Petersburg, Florida 1998 (co-curator)

Dali’s Optical Illusions Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 2000

Surrealism: Desire Unbound Tate, London and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 2002 (Consultant curator)

Salvador Dali (Centenary Exhibition) Palazzo Grassi, Venice 2004 and Philadelphia Museum of Art

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