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Exhibitions (2)

2 exhibitions matching the date thisMonth

Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask

Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask

9 March - 29 May 2017
Wolfson Gallery
Tickets with donation: Full price £12 (Concessions £10.50) Members Free
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This exhibition brings together for the first time the work of French Surrealist artist Claude Cahun and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing.

Spring Season 2017 sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

23 March - 18 June 2017
Porter Gallery
Tickets with donation: Full price £12 (Concessions £10.50) Members Free
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Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends. This is the first exhibition of portraits by Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017), one of Britain’s greatest artists. Hodgkin’s paintings are characterised by rich colour, complex illusionistic space and sensuous brushwork.

Spring Season 2017 sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Events (10)

10 events matching the date thisMonth

Portrait of the Day: Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow

Portrait of the Day: Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow

  • Talks and Lectures

29 March 2017, 12:30
Room 32
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Portrait of the Day: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

  • Talks and Lectures

30 March 2017, 12:30
Room 17
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Visualising Portraits: Speak its Name!

Visualising Portraits: Speak its Name!

30 March 2017, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Find out more about this display which celebrates the advances in gay rights in Britain over the past half century and the experiences of people ‘coming out’.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
30 March 2017, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Take advantage of the Gallery’s late opening and enjoy Eddie’s set and a drink at our pop-up bar.

Lecture: Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

Lecture: Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

A part of Late Shift
30 March 2017, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Paul Moorhouse, the curator of the exhibition, explores the development of Hodgkin's portraiture, and considers the role of memory and emotion  in the artist's representation of people.

 

BSL Gallery Tour: A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

BSL Gallery Tour: A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
30 March 2017, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Join Chisato Minamimura for a tour of a display celebrating photography from 1840 – 1940. Led in BSL with interpretation into English.

Portrait of the Day: Pocahontas & John Smith

Portrait of the Day: Pocahontas & John Smith

  • Talks and Lectures

31 March 2017, 12:30
Room 6
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Live Music: João Loureiro

Live Music: João Loureiro

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
31 March 2017, 18:30
Room 12, Floor 2
Free

Guitarist João Loureiro plays a programme of original music inspired by his family and childhood.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
31 March 2017, 18:30-20:30
Room 22, Floor 1
Free

Join artist Susan Wilson for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Life Drawing: After the Masters

Life Drawing: After the Masters

A part of Late Shift
31 March 2017, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

A dynamic evening of life drawing with artist Andy Pankhurst. Take inspiration from models and muses from a selected number of great works within the gallery's collection.

Displays (12)

12 displays matching the date thisMonth

Spotlight

Spotlight

14 February - 17 April 2017
Room 31
Free

The early twentieth century saw women increasingly challenging traditional conventions and expectations of their roles in society. This developed alongside the emergence of machine-powered aeroplanes, which offered women a new means for expressing their independence by taking to the skies.

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

19 February 2016 - 16 July 2017
Room 3
Free

This small display of paintings and miniatures explores the collars and ruffs that were such a striking feature of sixteenth and seventeenth century dress. Their design and scale changed continually over the period, with each decade heralding a new fashion that allowed sitters to demonstrate their wealth and style.

Luc Tuymans: Glasses

Luc Tuymans: Glasses

4 October 2016 - 2 April 2017
Room 16
Free

A display of portraits of sitters wearing glasses made and selected by the internationally renowned Belgian painter Luc Tuymans.

Marlene Dumas Oscar Wilde and Bosie

Marlene Dumas Oscar Wilde and Bosie

29 March - 30 October 2017
Room 21
Free

These portraits by contemporary artist Marlene Dumas (b.1953) represent Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) and Lord Alfred Douglas (1870–1945), also known as ‘Bosie’. Wilde is one of the most significant writers, dramatists and poets of the late nineteenth-century.

Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage

Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage

27 August 2016 - 2 July 2017
Room 24: case display
Free

This display surveys the depiction and transmission of celebrity through print, highlighting the skill of printmakers who portrayed the ingenuity of the London stage.

At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action

At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action

6 September 2016 - 4 June 2017
Room 25: case display
Free

Offering a glimpse of William Gladstone’s legendary performances in parliament, this display focuses on the sketches of the politician made by the artists employed to document parliamentary proceedings for the illustrated press.

A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

17 October 2016 - 1 October 2017
Room 29
Free

From October 2016 the Gallery will celebrate photography with an installation dedicated to its extraordinary Photographs Collection.

First World War Poets

First World War Poets

28 February - 1 October 2017
Room 31
This display will be featured in room 22 from
17 April 2017

Free

To mark the centenary of the First World War, this display presents a selection of men and women who wrote poetry both from the trenches and on the home front during the conflict.

Speak its Name!

Speak its Name!

22 November 2016 - 6 August 2017
Room 32
Free

This display features seven portraits and quotations from Speak its Name!, a new book that marks the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

Antony Gormley – OBJECT

Antony Gormley – OBJECT

7 September 2016 - 21 May 2017
Room 32
Free

Antony Gormley – OBJECT comprises a cast-iron life-size sculpture cast from the artist’s body suspended from the ceiling of the Ondaatje Wing main hall alongside Fall, a selection of drawings depicting a solitary figure occupying a void.

Double Take: Akram Zaatari and the Arab Image Foundation

Double Take: Akram Zaatari and the Arab Image Foundation

27 March - 3 September 2017
Room 33
Free

This display will present studio portraits taken by Madani in which two people of the same sex kiss or tenderly embrace. By returning to these historical documents, Zaatari explores the specific cultural and political histories contained within Madani’s portraits.

David Gwinnutt: Before We Were Men

David Gwinnutt: Before We Were Men

9 March - 24 September 2017
Room 39
Free

David Gwinnutt away from the lights and publicity of the clubs, captured these sitters in the intimacy of their own homes, often squats or rented council accommodation. Using only his handheld camera and natural light, these grainy black and white photographs feel unguarded and spontaneous, offering a privileged glimpse into the private worlds of these rising stars who lived, worked and played together.

Beyond the Gallery (3)

3 events matching the date thisMonth

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

  • Touring exhibition

18 March - 4 June 2017
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 is the leading international competition, open to all, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world.

Picasso Portraits

Picasso Portraits

  • Touring exhibition

16 March - 25 June 2017
Museu Picasso, Barcelona

Picasso’s portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over eighty works focuses on the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory.

Director’s Choice

Director’s Choice

  • Partnership exhibition

4 March - 5 November 2017
Beningbrough Hall, York

To help Beningbrough celebrate its 300th birthday, Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, has curated a display of significant portraits from the Gallery’s Collection to represent each century.