Exhibitions and Displays Programme 2015/16

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EXHIBITION PROGRAMME 2015/16

GIACOMETTI: PURE PRESENCE
15 October 2015 – 10 January 2016

TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2015
12 November 2015 – 21 February 2016

VOGUE 100: A CENTURY OF STYLE
11 February – 22 May 2016

RUSSIA AND THE ARTS: THE AGE OF TOLSTOY AND TCHAIKOVSKY
17 March – 26 June 2016

EXHIBITIONS

GIACOMETTI: PURE PRESENCE
15 October 2015 – 10 January 2016

Tickets including donation £17 (concessions £15.50)

Free for members

Alberto Giacometti is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive artists of the 20th century. This major exhibition is the first to focus on his portraiture and includes over sixty paintings, sculptures and drawings from international public and private collections.

Throughout his career Giacometti was fascinated by the artistic complexities of evoking a human presence. His portraits are characterised by an intense scrutiny of his models, during which he endeavoured to record his constantly changing perceptions. The resulting images are among Giacometti’s most enigmatic and personal, central to his reputation as one of the giants of modern art.

For more information please see www.npg.org.uk/giacometti

TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2015

12 November 2015 – 21 February 2016

Tickets £4 (concessions £3)

Free for members

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 is the leading international competition which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world. The selected images, many of which will be on display for the first time, explore both traditional and contemporary approaches to the photographic portrait whilst capturing a range of characters, moods and locations.

With over 2,200 entries, this year’s Prize continues to uphold its reputation for a diversity of photographic styles submitted by a range of photographers, from gifted amateurs to photography professionals, all competing to win one of the four prestigious prizes including the £12,000 first prize.

For more information please see www.npg.org.uk/photoprize

VOGUE 100: A CENTURY OF STYLE

11 February – 22 May 2016

Tickets £19 (concessions £17.50)

Free entry

Vogue 100: A Century of Style will showcase the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916, with over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being shown together for the first time to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.

This exhibition has been organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London in collaboration with British Vogue as part of the magazine’s centenary celebrations.

RUSSIA AND THE ARTS: THE AGE OF TOLSTOY AND TCHAIKOVSKY

17 March–26 June 2016

Tickets £6 (concessions £5)

(Booking opens early 2016)

Celebrated portraits of key figures from a golden age of the arts in Russia, 1867-1914, will be seen together in Britain for the first time. They come from Moscow’s prestigious State Tretyakov Gallery which will simultaneously display a selection of portraits of famous Britons from the National Portrait Gallery.

To mark the 160th Anniversary year of the foundation of both galleries, Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky (17 March–26 June 2016) will coincide with the exhibition Elizabeth to Victoria: British Portraits from the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery at the State Tretyakov Gallery (21 April-24 July 2016).   

Celebrating the remits of both galleries to put together a collection of portraits of each country’s most eminent and influential figures, the State Tretyakov Gallery will lend to London 26 of Russia’s most highly treasured portraits including those of Akhmatova, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky, Tolstoy and Turgenev.

For more information please visit www.npg.org.uk/russia   

DISPLAYS

VAN DYCK: TRANSFORMING BRITISH ART

4 September 2015 – 3 January 2016

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599 – 1641) was the most influential portrait painter ever to work in Britain. This display looks at the artist’s work and how he transformed British portraiture. Comprising portraits from the Gallery’s own Collection, supplemented by two rarely-seen paintings of King Charles I and Henrietta Maria from Chequers, the self portrait is set alongside other works by the artist, paintings from his studio and portraits by his contemporaries and followers.

SIMON SCHAMA’S FACE OF BRITAIN

16 September 2015 – 4 January 2016

Historian Simon Schama has joined with the National Portrait Gallery curators to take a fresh look at the Collection and present a cross-period exploration of the history of Britain through portraiture. Focusing on the themes of PowerLoveFameSelf and People, he asks what makes a successful portrait and what this tells us about the individual and collective psyche of the time.

Developed in partnership with the BBC, Simon Schama’s Face of Britain coincides with the broadcast of a five-part series on BBC2 (from 30 September 2015) and the publication of an accompanying book by Viking/Penguin Random House.

THE TUDORS REIMAGINED: GEORGE PERFECT HARDING

14 March 2015 – 14 February 2016

The growing interest in the history of Britain led to the popularity of antiquarianism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and to a demand for portraits of historical figures in a variety of media. This display explores that fashion through the work of the miniature painter and copyist George Perfect Harding.

WILLIAM GIFFORD PALGRAVE: MASTER OF DISGUISE

3 August 2015 – 24 April 2016

This display showcases the Gallery’s diverse collection of photographs of the leading British explorer and scholar of the Middle East, William Gifford Palgrave (1826-1888).

CURATORS’ CHOICE: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE TERENCE PEPPER GIFT

12 May 2015 – 24 January 2016

The works in these two component displays are drawn from around 2500 photographs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries generously donated by Terence Pepper, Senior Special Adviser on Photographs. Curators’ Choice is a tribute to his skills of detection and identification, and his eye for an overlooked or mis-identified sitter or photographer, as well as his interest in charting cultural life in all its variety.

KEIR HARDIE: RADICAL, SCOIALIST, FEMINIST

1 June – 13 December 2015

This display presents a selection of portraits of the first leader of the Labour Party in Parliament, James Keir Hardie (1856-1915), to mark the centenary of his death on 26 September 2015. During his comparatively short fifty-nine years Hardie was a miner, a trade unionist, a journalist, an editor, a Member of Parliament and an anti-war campaigner. A key figure in the creation of the Labour Party as a political force, Hardie helped to radically alter the political landscape of Britain. Unique in his ability to speak directly to and for the industrial working-class in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, he was committed to ethical socialism, to the political independence of Labour and to women’s suffrage.

GEORGE SCHARF AND HIS CIRCLES

21 September 2015 – 20 March 2016

Following his death in 1895 the trustees of the National Portrait Gallery paid tribute to Sir George Scharf as a man of ‘unflagging zeal and industry’, indicating the strength of his commitment to his duties over a career that spanned almost 40 years, following his appointment as first Secretary (and later Director) in 1857.

This display explores key social and professional relationships that were to prove vital to the success of his practice, through portraits of figures from the London art world, the nineteenth-century museum world and the aristocracy.  It also draws upon archival material, including his personal diaries, sketchbooks and correspondence, to articulate a sense of Scharf’s passion for his work and the liveliness of his personality.

AUBREY BEARDSLEY: ARTIST AND AESTHETE

14 July 2015 – 28 March 2016

A focus on the illustrator and writer, Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898). In a short life of intense and fevered activity, Beardsley produced many original and highly-finished black-and-white drawings for process block reproduction. His designs were frequently grotesque, morbid and erotic and include illustrations of Alexander Pope's Rape of the Lock (1895) and Oscar Wilde's Salome (1894).  He was also art editor for The Yellow Book (1894–5) and, with Arthur Symons, produced The Savoy (1896). 

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE: WINSTON CHURCHILL IN PHOTOGRAPHS

27 October 2015 – 5 June 2016

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill, this display gives a broad picture of Churchill’s many roles through works from the Photographs Collection. The steadfast wartime leader is shown in iconic portraits and morale-boosting ephemera, while press prints, tear sheets and snapshots show him as a correspondent, soldier, painter, writer, friend and family man.

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