Turning to See: From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud
28 May – 4 September 2016
Collage artist John Stezaker curates this show themed around Van Dyck's last self-portrait, which is currently touring the country after being saved through an Art Fund campaign.
Van Dyck tour venues
- Turner Contemporary, Margate
24 January - 10 May 2015
Manchester Art Gallery21 May - 31 August 2015
National Portrait Gallery, London4 September 2015 - 3 January 2016
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London12 January - 24 April 2016
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery28 May - 4 September 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 Birmingham.
Here it provides the starting point for Stezaker's exploration into physical and metaphorical turning in portraiture. He has chosen works by Rembrandt, Rossetti, Picasso and Bomberg to further investigate this theme, as well as creating a series of new collages to add to the display.
Sketches Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones made as part of the Pygmalion series make a rare public appearance; they are usually kept in storage due to their fragility.