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Humphrey Jennings: Painting, Collage, Film

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    firstsite, Lewis Gardens High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
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    8 September to 25 November
    10:00am to 5:00pm
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    Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Next On:
    October 2nd 2014 at 10:00am
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    01206 577 067
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Humphrey Jennings: Painting, Collage, Film
firstsite celebrates the work of the Suffolk-born surrealist and acclaimed documentary filmmaker Humphrey Jennings, in a new exhibition and a programme of film screenings.

Born in Walberswick in 1907 and educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge, Jennings was an early member of the GPO Film Unit - a subdivision of the General Post Office - and co-founder of the social research organisation Mass Observation. Widely regarded as a pioneer of British documentary film, he was once described by the director Lindsay Anderson as 'the only real poet' of British cinema.

This exhibition focuses on his work during the 1930s when he was a central figure within the British surrealist movement. Featuring paintings and collage on loan from key collections including Tate and Museum of London, it includes a work first exhibited at the landmark 1936 International Surrealist Exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries in London, which he organised with André Breton, Roland Penrose and Herbert Read.

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