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Exhibitions (2)

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BP Portrait Award 2017

BP Portrait Award 2017

22 June - 24 September 2017
Wolfson Gallery
Admission Free

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

The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt

The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt

13 July - 22 October 2017
Tickets with donation: Full price £10 (Concessions £8.50) Members Free
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The creative encounter between individual artists and sitters is explored in this major exhibition featuring portrait drawings by some of the outstanding masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Supported by The Tavolozza Foundation

Events (2)

2 events matching the date today

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

24 August 2017, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
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.

Black is the New Black: Modern Britain’s Past, Present and Future

Black is the New Black: Modern Britain’s Past, Present and Future

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

Join us for a special event as we mark Slavery Remembrance Day. See website for details.

Displays (10)

10 displays matching the date today

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.

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.

A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

17 October 2016 - 29 October 2017
Room 29
Free

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

Émigrés: Twentieth-century Self-portraits by Artists from Abroad

Émigrés: Twentieth-century Self-portraits by Artists from Abroad

27 May - 1 October 2017
Room 32
Free

With the question of migration one of intense current debate, Émigrés comprises work by artists from abroad who came to Great Britain in response to the Second World War.

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.

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.

Samuel Fosso: Self-Portraits

Samuel Fosso: Self-Portraits

24 June - 24 September 2017
Room 41 and 41A
Free

This display showcases self-portraits by the Cameroonian-born artist Samuel Fosso (b.1962). It includes work made in the 1970s alongside a body of new self-portraits made in 2015 – 16, which are being exhibited here for the first time.

Beyond the Gallery (7)

7 events matching the date today

Creative Connections Nottingham

Creative Connections Nottingham

  • Partnership exhibition

19 July - 31 August 2017
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham

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.

More Real Than Life: 19th-century Portrait Photography

More Real Than Life: 19th-century Portrait Photography

  • Partnership exhibition

9 June - 24 September 2017
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham

More Real Than Life considers the creation of studio portrait photography during the Victorian period and the role sitters played.

Paul Smith to J K Rowling: BP Portrait Award Commissions from the National Portrait Gallery

Paul Smith to J K Rowling: BP Portrait Award Commissions from the National Portrait Gallery

  • Partnership exhibition

9 June - 24 September 2017
University of Hull for the UK's City of Culture 2017

This exhibition on display at the University of Hull will showcase 22 of the first prize winning portraits from the BP Portrait Award.

Looking Good: The Male Gaze from Van Dyck to Lucian Freud

Looking Good: The Male Gaze from Van Dyck to Lucian Freud

  • Partnership exhibition

24 June - 1 October 2017
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Curated by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, as part of a three-year nationwide tour, this display considers Sir Anthony van Dyck’s Self-portrait in the context of male portraiture.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

  • Touring exhibition

8 July - 29 October 2017
The Beaney, Canterbury

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.

Copying Holbein

Copying Holbein

  • Partnership exhibition

5 March - 30 October 2017
Montacute House, Somerset

This display features portraits from the court of Henry VIII, all of which are copies after portraits by Hans Holbein the Younger. The display considers Holbein’s important legacy.

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.