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National Portrait Gallery to Loan Historical Portraits to Box Museum

The National Portrait Gallery will loan six portraits of the nation’s best-known historical characters to The Box museum in Plymouth from 25th September 2021 until 6th March 2022 as part of its National Skills Sharing Partnership programme. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for visitors to explore the National Portrait Gallery’s treasured Collections while it undergoes its transformational Inspiring People redevelopment. The National Skills Sharing Partnership programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art...

David Hockney Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery Shines Light on an Artist’s Life

The work of artist David Hockney is celebrated in a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. David Hockney: Drawing From Life interprets his work through the mirror of the friends and lovers has used as muses and artistic subjects through his near seven-decade career. Together with an emphasis on rarely-seen drawings from the early part of his career, this approach offers a unique insight into the working life of an artist often...

National Portrait Gallery Will Close For Three Years For Redevelopment

The National Portrait Gallery in London is to close for three years for redevelopment. Some of the works housed in the the gallery will go on tour before the reopening in 2023. Though it was widely known that redevelopment of the 123-year-old building was planned, the news of the complete closure from 29th June 2020 until Spring 2023 came as a surprise when it was announced last week. The redevelopment, which will cost £35.5m, will...

Giacometti: Pure Presence at the National Portrait Gallery

This autumn the first exhibition of Giacometti’s portraits is to open at London’s National Portrait Gallery. Alberto Giacometti is most famous for his striking spindly sculptures of the human figure. However, while works such as Giacometti’s Walking Man are instantly recognisable, the National Portrait Gallery’s upcoming exhibition will take a different approach to the artist’s work by focusing on his lifelong immersion in portraiture. The exhibition, which will run from October 15 2015 – January...

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