Calendar

Displays (9)

1517: Martin Luther and the English Reformation

1517: Martin Luther and the English Reformation

21 July 2017 - 2 December 2018
Room 3
Free

This display looks at a selection of the portraits of some of the most prominent figures of the early years of reform in England, including the prints that were created to disseminate their ideas and commemorate their lives.


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Julian Opie after Van Dyck

Julian Opie after Van Dyck

6 October 2017 - 7 January 2018
Room 7
Free

This display shows Sir Anthony van Dyck’s Self-portrait of c.1640 in the context of new work by Julian Opie, one of Britain’s foremost contemporary artists. Works influenced by Van Dyck and artists of the period are displayed in dialogue with Van Dyck’s self-portrait in the midst of the seventeenth-century galleries.


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Life, Death and Memory

Life, Death and Memory

17 April 2017 - 4 February 2018
Room 16
Free

This display draws together historic and contemporary works from the Collection that engage with this complex, sometimes troubling, relationship.


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Being Queen Victoria

Being Queen Victoria

7 August 2017 - 7 July 2018
Room 25: case display
Free

Until 1968, plays thought to contain material that was morally ‘corrupt’ or offensive were routinely banned. Dramatic portrayals of Queen Victoria were considered to be particularly sensitive in the decades after her death, and while several of her children were still alive. However, in anticipation of the centenary of Victoria’s accession in 1937, the rules were relaxed to specify that portrayals of a monarch could be allowed if 100 years had passed since their accession, and providing the dramas were biographical and respectful. Almost immediately, Queen Victoria began to feature as a character on stage and screen.


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Photography: A Public Art, 1840 - 1939

Photography: A Public Art, 1840 - 1939

4 November 2017 - 7 October 2018
Room 29
Free

The Gallery celebrates photography with an installation dedicated to its extraordinary Photographs Collection displaying classic images and rarely seen gems of artists, writers and actors by Edward Steichen, James Abbe, Berenice Abbott, Cecil Beaton and Dorothy Wilding among others.


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For Valour: Recipients of the Victoria Cross, 1914 - 18

For Valour: Recipients of the Victoria Cross, 1914 - 18

4 November 2017 - 3 June 2018
Room 31: case display
Free

To mark the centenary of the First World War, this display consisting of two showcases, commemorates recipients of the Victoria Cross (VC). The VC is the highest commendation in the British honours system for members of the military. Named after Queen Victoria and established at the end of the Crimean War in 1856, the VC is awarded only in exceptional circumstances, for acts of extreme bravery carried out under direct enemy fire.


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Creative Connections Nottingham

Creative Connections Nottingham

4 October 2017 - 25 February 2018
Room 32

Social documentary photographer Katherine Green works with students from Farnborough Academy, to explore community identities, inspired by the Collection and sitters with a link to the city. In partnership with Nottingham Contemporary.

Creative Connections is generously supported by the Palley family.


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Out of the Shadows: Portraits by the Douglas Brothers

Out of the Shadows: Portraits by the Douglas Brothers

9 August 2017 - 28 January 2018
Room 32
Free

The late 1980s saw a new generation of young musicians, actors and novelists receiving critical acclaim for their work. This display presents portraits of these now celebrated cultural figures.


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Thomas Ruff Portraits

Thomas Ruff Portraits

27 September 2017 - 21 January 2018
Room 33
Free

To mark the artist’s first major London retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery will display selected works from Ruff’s series of Porträts (Portraits), passport-style portraits of his friends and art-school colleagues, printed on a large scale. In their monumentality, the portraits reveal every surface detail of their subjects.


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