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Exhibitions (2)

2 exhibitions matching the date thisWeek

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 (12)

12 events matching the date thisWeek

Portrait of the Day: Paul McCartney (Mike's Brother)

Portrait of the Day: Paul McCartney (Mike's Brother)

  • Talks and Lectures

2 May 2017, 12:30
Room 32
Free

Monday 14 June 1965. This day showed McCartney’s vocal diversity, and stylistic talent which he brought to The Beatles.

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: Chevalier d'Eon

Portrait of the Day: Chevalier d'Eon

  • Talks and Lectures

3 May 2017, 12:30
Room 12
Free

The Chevalier d'Eon was a French soldier, diplomat, spy and fencing demonstrator who lived as a woman from 1777. D'Eon first came to London in 1763 to negotiate the end of the Seven Years War.

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: Anne Boleyn

Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

  • Talks and Lectures

4 May 2017, 12:30
Room 1
Free

Anne is one of the most famous queens in English history, although her reign only lasted for three years, she helped to change the course of history.

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.

Lunchtime Lecture: The Invention of Angela Carter

Lunchtime Lecture: The Invention of Angela Carter

4 May 2017, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Biographer Edmund Gordon looks at the life and work of Angela Carter, widely acknowledged as one of the most important and beguiling writers of the last century.

 

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
4 May 2017, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the Late Shift bar as DJ Neil Prince creates a set in response to the works on display.

In Conversation: Queer Perspectives

In Conversation: Queer Perspectives

A part of Late Shift
4 May 2017, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free ticket required. Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Resident artist Sadie Lee is joined by her special guest, author Alan Hollinghurst, as they discuss works in the Gallery’s Collection which have a personal resonance.

Portrait of the Day: John Donne

Portrait of the Day: John Donne

  • Talks and Lectures

5 May 2017, 12:30
Room 4
Free

Originally trained as a lawyer, the poet and cleric Donne, is best known for the passionate and witty metaphysical love poems he wrote in his youth, which include, The Bait and The Flea.

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: Louisa Petais and Christopher Bundhun

Live Music: Louisa Petais and Christopher Bundhun

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
5 May 2017, 18:30
Room 12, Floor 2
Free

The soprano and guitarist explore the dynamic song traditions of Spain, Greece and England from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
5 May 2017, 18:30
Room 21, Floor 1
Free

Join artist Gayna Pelham for our popular weekly drawing session 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

6 May 2017, 12:30
Room 20
Free

The most famous soldier and statesman of his day, Wellington's early victories were in India and the Spanish Peninsula. In 1815, he was hailed as the man who achieved peace in Europe when he led the campaign to defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.

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: Anne Boleyn

Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

  • Talks and Lectures

7 May 2017, 12:30
Room 1
Free

Anne is one of the most famous queens in English history, although her reign only lasted for three years, she helped to change the course of history.

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.

Sunday Session: Abstract Portraits

Sunday Session: Abstract Portraits

  • Workshop||Young People

7 May 2017, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Work with artist Nick Botting and Robin –Lee Hall to investigate themes of abstraction and memory. Then develop expressive brushwork techniques in this painting  workshop inspired by Howard Hodgkin. For ages 14 to 21 years only. To book your free place, email youthbookings@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483.

Displays (11)

11 displays matching the date thisWeek

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.

Life, Death and Memory

Life, Death and Memory

17 April 2017 - 16 March 2018
Room 16
Free

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

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.

First World War Poets

First World War Poets

28 February - 1 October 2017
Room 22
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.

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.

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 (4)

4 events matching the date thisWeek

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.

BP Portrait Award 2016

BP Portrait Award 2016

  • Touring exhibition

7 April - 18 June 2017
Firstsite, Colchester
Free

The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious international exhibition of contemporary portrait painting.

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.