Exhibitions

Every Thursday and Friday you can enjoy exploring our special exhibitions after hours until 21.00

The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy by John Singer Sargent, 1907. Friends of America Art Collection, 1914. 57, The Art Institue of Chicargo.

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

Until 25 May 2015
Tickets with donation Full price £16 / Concessions £14.50
Tickets without donation
Full price £14.50 / Concessions £13.00

This major exhibition of over seventy portraits spans Sargent’s time in London, Paris and Boston as well as his travels in the Italian and English countryside. Important loans from galleries and private collections in Europe and America make this an unmissible opportunity to discover the artist’s most daring, personal and distinctive portraits.

Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

Until 7 June 2015
Free

Marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815) this exhibition illustrates the Duke of Wellington’s extraordinary life as a soldier and statesman. Most famous for his military career which culminated with victory over Napoleon, Wellington also served twice as Prime Minister and his political career was regularly caricatured by printmakers.

Highlights of the exhibition include a youthful portrait by John Hoppner, Goya’s revealing portrait, started in 1812 after his entry into Madrid and later modified twice to recognise further battle honours and awards. The exhibition also displays a daguerreotype by Antoine Claudet, in the new medium of photography, taken on Wellington’s 75th birthday in 1844.

The exhibition will also explore the role of visual culture in creating the hero, and conclude with an examination of the reappraisal of Wellington’s life that took place at his death.

Supported by the Wellington Exhibition Supporters Group

Exhibitions (4)

Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

12 March - 7 June 2015
Porter Gallery
Free

Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions, the first gallery exhibition devoted to the Duke of Wellington, marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815).
BP Portrait Award 2015

BP Portrait Award 2015

18 June - 20 September 2015
Wolfson Gallery
Admission Free

Fifty-five of the best contemporary painted portraits from around the world.

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

2 July - 18 October 2015
Porter Gallery

This fascinating photographic exhibition will illustrate the life of actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). From her early years as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her philanthropic work in later life, Portraits of an Icon will celebrate one of the world’s most photographed and recognisable stars.
Giacometti: Pure Presence

Giacometti: Pure Presence

15 October 2015 - 10 January 2016
Wolfson Gallery

Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive artists of the 20th century. A restless innovator, he explored a range of styles and subjects; however portraiture remained a continuous preoccupation.