Van Dyck’s magnificent self-portrait has embarked on a major, three year tour, celebrating its acquisition for the nation in 2014. The tour gives visitors in Margate, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh and London the chance to see the portrait, and appreciate this important work in the context of British history and art.

CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY: Turning to See: From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
28 May – 4 September 2016

Internationally renowned artist John Stezaker takes Van Dyck’s dramatic pose as the starting point for his first curated exhibition. Showcasing major loans from the National Portrait Gallery alongside highlights from Birmingham’s collection, the display will create a spectacle of turning in the gallery and will mirror the way the viewer moves around the space.


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