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Jean Painlevé

15 March — 4 June 2017

Ikon presents the first UK exhibition of work by Jean Painlevé (1902 – 1989). His cinematographic and photographic portraits of octopi, lobsters or starfish were at the centre of the surrealist and avant-garde movement of the 1920s and praised by Fernand Leger, Alexander Calder or Luis Bunuel among others.

Throughout his career, which spans the 20th century, Jean Painlevé defended the documentary style and science films, in an output of more than 200 shorts.

His ground-breaking aesthetic, irreverence and unique humour, as well as innovative filming technique and commitment to serious scientific observation, have allowed the work to remain relevant and still influential today.