I am Van Dyck
12 January – 24 April 2016
A display focused around Van Dyck's last self-portrait, currently touring the country after being saved thanks to an Art Fund campaign.
Van Dyck tour venues
- Turner Contemporary, Margate
24 January - 10 May 2015
Manchester Art Gallery
21 May - 31 August 2015
National Portrait Gallery, London
4 September 2015 - 3 January 2016
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London12 January - 24 April 2016
Birmingham Museum & Art GallerySummer 2016
National Portrait Gallery, London, Autumn/Winter 2016
Laing Art Gallery, NewcastleSpring 2017
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, EdinburghSummer 2017
National Portrait Gallery, LondonAutumn/Winter 2017
Van Dyck’s magnificent self-portrait was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 2014 after a joint public fundraising appeal with the Art Fund sought to stop its export to America. Part of the Art Fund grant is being used to support a tour of the painting, which has now arrived in Dulwich.
Here the portrait is brought together with two works by British contemporary artist Mark Wallinger. By showing these pieces in parallel, the gallery prompts an exploration of how these two men – working almost 400 years apart – have each addressed the idea of individuality and the sense of self.
I am Van Dyck is the first in a four part series in which the gallery will reveal new discoveries about key artists in its Dutch and Flemish collection. Also included are X-rays of and preparatory drawings for its own paintings by Van Dyck, which are used to shed light on how he developed and altered his compositions.