This exhibition has now closed, find out what else is going on at The Box, Plymouth

Portraits of Georges Braque, Henry Moore, Bridget Riley and Jean-Paul Sartre star in this retrospective, held fifty years after Kar's inaugural Whitechapel exhibition.

Ida Kar was famously the first photographer to be awarded a retrospective in a London Gallery. The Whitechapel’s gamble back in 1960 paid off, and Kar’s body of work – portraits of the great and the good of the postwar cultural scene in Europe and Russia – created a foothold for the medium in the long climb for critical acceptance in the UK.

Recent big photography exhibitions at the National Gallery and Barbican show that the summit, if not reached, is at least in plain sight. The National Portrait Gallery’s 2011 exhibition of Kar’s work demonstrated that public interest in her work has remained strong.

This show, produced in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, rehangs the highlights of the 2011 exhibition and also features some of her later portraits of the leading members of the St Ives School, including Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and Terry Frost.

The Box, Plymouth

Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AJ

01752 304774


Opening times

The Box, Plymouth is a major cultural and heritage attraction scheduled to open in spring 2020. It will feature a series of permanent galleries showcasing the city's art, human history, natural history, film, photographic and archive collections alongside an exciting programme of events, artist commissions and temporary exhibitions. Please see our website for full details and confirmed opening hours.

Exhibitions nearby

Back to top