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National Portrait Gallery Turns One

3rd December 2012


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National Portrait Gallery celebrates first birthday with exciting 2013 programme




Taken from The House of Annie Lennox Taken from The House of Annie Lennox

To celebrate the National Portrait Gallery's first birthday, an exhibition of Man Ray portraits and an Annie Lennox retrospective are among the highlights of the 2013 programme.

 

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce that Annie Lennox, one of the nation's most successful musical stars, will be given pride of place on the ground floor with her exhibition The House of Annie Lennox. Opening on 23rd March 2013, the exhibition is curated by Annie Lennox in partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. It will include an array of stunning photographs, a video installation and a dazzling selection of costumes from her personal archive.

 

The Robert Mapplethorpe Photography Gallery will showcase the Gallery's unparalleled holdings of Scottish and international photography, display newly commissioned work by contemporary photographers, and will support innovative photography displays and exhibitions. In 2013 the space will be used to showcase two significant exhibitions including the Man Ray Portraits. This will feature portraits of lovers, friends and contemporaries, ranging from two of his most significant muses, Lee Miller and Kiki de Montparnasse, to fellow artists Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway. Running from 22nd June 2013 to 8th September 2013, this exhibition will be a key highlight of the Gallery's summer season.

 

Impressive photography of a different nature will be explored in Edith Tudor-Hart: In the Shadow of Tyranny. This exhibition, which runs from 2nd March to 26th May 2013, will include remarkable black and white photographs that reflect the politically-charged atmosphere of interwar Vienna and Britain. Also on display will be Tudor-Hart's later psychologically penetrating imagery of children, some of which were created in Scotland.


Another highlight of the Gallery's summer season will be an exhibition dedicated to the work of distinguished Glasgow-based contemporary artist, Ken Currie. One of the outstanding figurative painters of his generation, Currie is widely admired for his haunting, luminous painting Three Oncologists (2002) and the searing self-portrait Unfamiliar Reflection (2006).

 

On a lighter note, from February 2013 to May 2014 modern Scotland's special contribution to the world of comedy will be celebrated in Tickling Jock: Comedy Greats from Sir Harry Lauder to Billy Connolly supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery. The exhibition will bring together images of 50 stars including Lex McLean, John Laurie, Molly Weir, Rikki Fulton, Jack Milroy, Stanley Baxter, Johnny Beattie, Una Maclean and Ronnie Corbett.

 

Dress and fashion will be at the heart of the Gallery's events programme in 2013, though the fun starts early in December 2012 with Dressed to Thrill, a dynamic Friday night event in celebration of Scotland's sartorial past. Also on the bill is a talk on the clothes Mary Queen of Scots chose to wear on the day of her execution, by historical dress expert Professor Maria Hayward. Tickets for the 7th December event are on sale now.

 

The Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Christopher Baker, said:  "Building on the great success of the re-developed Portrait Gallery we have created a rich programme of exhibitions and events which will draw many visitors to explore the Gallery's incredible collection and the wonderful building which houses it. The exhibitions offer a wide range of inspiration – from the finest photography from around the world to the most brilliant contemporary Scottish painting and performance."


Players of People's Postcode Lottery have been instrumental in helping to fund the refurbishment of the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, having given just under £240,000 to support the National Galleries. The funding which our players provide helps the Galleries make spectacular exhibitions and acquisitions for the enjoyment and inspiration of visitors of all ages.