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Exhibitions (2)

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Vogue 100: A Century of Style

Vogue 100: A Century of Style

11 February - 22 May 2016

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.

Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky

Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky

17 March - 26 June 2016
Porter Gallery
Admission fee applies
Free for Members

Russia and the Arts is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a selection of masterpieces on loan from the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

Events (4)

4 events matching the date today

Portrait of the Day: Charlie Chaplin

Portrait of the Day: Charlie Chaplin

  • Talks and Lectures

6 May 2016, 12:30
Room 31
Free

The Most Famous Man in the World". Comic genius of the early cinema; Charlie Chaplin dubbed the world's greatest clown, began his career in London's music halls.

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.

Screen Style: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, 15)

Screen Style: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, 15)

A part of Late Shift
6 May 2016, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Gene Hackman plays the terminally ill eponymous patriarch, who gathers his estranged wife and trio of former child prodigies to put things right before his imminent demise.

Live Music:The Hermes Experiment

Live Music:The Hermes Experiment

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
6 May 2016, 18:30
Room 20
Free

Music from contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment – soprano, clarinet, harp and double bass.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
6 May 2016, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join artist Grace Adam for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Displays (12)

12 displays matching the date today

Spotlight

Spotlight

22 February - 15 May 2016
Room 31
Free

This Spotlight celebrates the recently acquired gift of thirteen photographs of Jean Simmons given by her daughter Tracy Granger. Two newly acquired works by photographers Eve Arnold and Peter Basch are shown alongside a portrait by Cornel Lucas.

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

19 February - 31 December 2016
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.

Exposed: The Naked Portrait

Exposed: The Naked Portrait

9 January - 11 September 2016
Room 16
Free

The naked human figure has been a preoccupation of art from prehistory to the present day. This cross-period display of unclothed portraits from the Collection raises questions about identity and gender, the real and ideal. It includes portraits ranging from the flirtatious royal mistress Nell Gwyn to the interrogation of nudity by contemporary artists.
William Gifford Palgrave: Master of Disguise

William Gifford Palgrave: Master of Disguise

3 August 2015 - 15 May 2016
Room 23: case display
Free

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).
Celebrating Charlotte Brontë: 1816 – 1855

Celebrating Charlotte Brontë: 1816 – 1855

22 February - 14 August 2016
Room 24
Free

This display explores Brontë’s life and literary career through portraits and includes treasures on loan from the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

Wise, Constant and Courageous: Millicent Garrett Fawcett

Wise, Constant and Courageous: Millicent Garrett Fawcett

15 December 2015 - 4 September 2016
Room 25: case display
Free

This display presents a number of photographs of Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847-1929), leader of the constitutional women's suffrage movement and author.
Setting the Scene: Staging and Backdrops in Studio Photographs

Setting the Scene: Staging and Backdrops in Studio Photographs

22 March - 4 December 2016
Room 28: case display
Free

This display shows the inventiveness and skill demonstrated by some of the Victorian period's most sought-after photographers.

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

14 July 2015 - 30 September 2016
Room 29: case display
Free

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.
Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift

Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift

12 May 2015 - 5 June 2016
Room 31 case display
Free

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.
Public and Private: Winston Churchill in Photographs

Public and Private: Winston Churchill in Photographs

27 October 2015 - 5 June 2016
Room 31: case display
Free

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.
Lewis Morley ‘Mammoth’ Prints

Lewis Morley ‘Mammoth’ Prints

25 February - 20 November 2016
Room 32
Free

Included in the display are sensational portraits of the brilliant, ill-fated playwright Joe Orton, and two portraits of model Christine Keeler, whose suggestive erotic pose straddling a wooden chair became one of the defining images of the 1960s.

Leon Golub Powerplay: The Political Portraits

Leon Golub Powerplay: The Political Portraits

18 March - 25 September 2016
Room 32
Free

This display focuses on Golub’s Political Portraits from the 1970s. Comprising portraits of heads of state, corporate, military and religious leaders, it explores the evolution of the ‘gaze’ in the artist’s pictorial language, in particular the way facial expression conveys an impression of power and the psychology of the sitter.

Beyond the Gallery (3)

3 events matching the date today

BP Portrait Award 2015

BP Portrait Award 2015

  • Touring exhibition

11 March - 12 June 2016
Ulster Museum
Free

The annual BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait competition in the world, promoting the very best in contemporary portrait painting.

Copying Holbein

Copying Holbein

  • Partnership exhibition

5 March - 30 October 2016
Montacute house, Somerset

This display brings together a selection of portraits of prominent individuals from the court of Henry VIII, all of which are copies after portraits by Hans Holbein the Younger. The exhibition will be on display at Montacute House in Somerset, one of the Gallery’s long term regional partners.
Happy Birthday Beningbrough – Celebrating 300 Years 1716 – 2016

Happy Birthday Beningbrough – Celebrating 300 Years 1716 – 2016

  • Partnership exhibition

1 March - 30 October 2016
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.