Behind the scenes with EY for the launch of The EY Exhibition: Wifredo Lam

by Catherine Lyle, Marketing, EY UK&I

It has been a busy summer at EY and the Arts HQ. Whilst summertime is typically the “quiet period” for many of our EY colleagues, it’s the busiest time of year for the EY and the Arts team (all two and a half of us). We’ve watched colleagues come and go all season – a staycation here, a far flung adventure there – as we beaver away in preparation for the opening of our annual EY sponsored exhibition at Tate.

This year we are excited to support The EY Exhibition: Wifredo Lam at Tate Modern, a major retrospective of the most iconic artist to emerge from Cuba in the twentieth century. Lam’s distinctive style shook the assumptions of western Modernism as he mixed avant-garde art with Carribean culture, Europe with America, Africa with the Carribean, East with West, sprituality with social injustice, Surrealism with tradition and much more besides (to say his artwork is broad would be an understatement). This exhibition traces Lam’s long career, demonstrating the evolution of his artistic output, from the traditional to the unique, mysterious and darkly Surreal, with experimental nods to Pollock, Matisse and Picasso in between.

Interested to find out more? Take a look at some of the preparation and activity that’s gone into the launch of our latest EY Exhibition…

Dressed to kill 

Every year we dress our offices to celebrate our latest EY Exhibition. This year, Lam artwork lends an air of sophistication to EY HQ…






Previewing the show

Before the show opened to the public, we were taken on a whistlestop tour of Wifredo at the press view…









We interviewed Matthew Gale, co-curator of the exhibition, and Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern, gaining exclusive insight into the exhibition.



We also enjoyed a fascinating chat with Stefan and Eskil, two of Lam’s proud sons.


Advertisments around London were admired



Pride at the glowing reviews beamed

5 stars – Cuba’s last of the true surrealists – The Guardian

4 stars An intoxicating hell-broth of a show for this Cuban cubist – The Telegraph

Wonderment at Wifredo continues

It has been wonderful to see the fruits of our labour flourish. If this has whet your Wifredo appetite, follow the hashtags #EYArts, #EYTate and #WifredoLam on Instagram and Twitter for more exciting Lam related activity between now and the exhibition’s close in January. And if you’ve not seen the exhibition yet, in the wise words of Alistair Sooke at The Independent, ‘anyone with even the vaguest interest in modern art will leave this exhibition feeling thoroughly bewitched’, so what are you waiting for? Get a gallop on!

Wifredo Lam, Horse-Headed Woman, 1950, oil paint on canvas, The Rudman Trust © SDO Estate of Wifredo Lam

The EY Exhibition: Wifredo Lam is open until 8 January at Tate Modern. EY people receive free access as part of The EY Tate Arts Partnership.