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15 March - 28 May 2018

Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT

Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT is the first exhibition in the Gallery’s history to be devoted to the medium of film and reveals the artist’s own longstanding and personal interest in portraiture as a genre. The works on display include Dean’s 16 mm films of influential figures such as her major six-screen installation with Merce Cunningham in Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS…(six performances, six films) (2008), alongside her film of Claes Oldenburg in Manhattan Mouse Museum (2011) and her film diptych of Julie Mehretu GDGDA (2011), all previously unseen in the UK, as well as Mario Merz (2002), Michael Hamburger (2007), Cy Twombly in Edwin Parker (2011), and David Hockney in Portraits (2016). Also on show for the first time in the UK will be two photographic works: GAETA (fifty photographs plus one)(2015) taken in the studio of Cy Twombly and The Line of Fate (2011) of the art historian Leo Steinberg. Dean has also made two new film works for the exhibition, Providence (2017), a portrait of David Warner with hummingbirds, and His Picture in Little (2017), a film in miniature also featuring Stephen Dillane and Ben Whishaw, made specifically for presentation within the Gallery’s permanent Collection.

This exhibition is part of an unprecedented collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts : LANDSCAPE and the National Gallery: STILL LIFE. The three exhibitions are shaped by Dean’s response to the individual character of each institution and explore genres traditionally associated with painting.

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Opening date

Closing Monday 28 May 2018
Open daily 10:00-18:00. Open late Thursday and Friday until 21:00.

Wolfson and Learner Galleries

Wolfson and Lerner Gallery
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Price

Tickets £12 (£14 with donation)
Concessions £10.50 (£12.50 with donation)
Advance booking is highly recommended for this exhibition.

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Enjoy £2 off Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE with your Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT ticket
Between 26-28 May, if you have a ticket to Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE you can also enjoy £2 off Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT at the RA. Simply show your National Portrait Gallery ticket at RA’s ticket desk to receive your exclusive discount.

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His Picture in Little

His Picture in Little, 2017 by Tacita Dean. 35mm anamorphic colour film, silent, reduced to spherical 16mm for exhibition as a miniature, 15 ½ minutes, continuous loop. Film still. Courtesy the artist; Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris
His Picture in Little, 2017 by Tacita Dean. 35mm anamorphic colour film, silent, reduced to spherical 16mm for exhibition as a miniature, 15 ½ minutes, continuous loop. Film still. Courtesy the artist; Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris

Borrowing its title from a line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, His Picture in Little depicts three actors of different generations, Stephen Dillane, David Warner and Ben Whishaw, all of whom have played the Danish prince. The anamorphic film is miniature in scale and was conceived in dialogue with the National Portrait Gallery’s collection of late sixteenth and early seventeenth-century portrait miniatures. The work is displayed in room 16 within the Gallery’s permanent Collection, among a group of works that provide a glimpse of the context in which miniatures were created, through reference to their function and patronage, and their traces in the imaginative world of the English Renaissance. The selection includes works by the foremost practitioners of the art of miniature painting in England, Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver, and portraits of writers, such as William Shakespeare and John Donne, who wove miniatures into contemporary culture through references in their plays and poems.

His Picture in Little: Shakespeare, Hamlet and Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean’s His Picture in Little has been conceived in dialogue with the Gallery’s collection of late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century portrait miniatures.

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