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Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture

Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture

What : Displays

When : Mon 27 July 2015 – Sun 24 April 2016

Where :  Gallery 88a

Free, drop-in

DISPLAY: Facing History features a variety of portraits by contemporary artists and photographers, from Julian Opie, Grayson Perry and Ellen Heck to Maud Sulter, Gavin Turk and Bettina von Zwehl.
The display shows how artists have adapted historical or conventional modes of portraiture such as silhouettes, portrait miniatures, medals, Old Master paintings, and death masks, as well as passport photographs, ID cards and election campaign posters. Some have been directly inspired by earlier artists who made a speciality of portraiture such as Rembrandt, and Frida Kahlo.

Displays complement our permanent collections; there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

Image: Bettina von Zwehl, from the series  "Made up Love Song". Museum no. E.55-2012.

© Bettina von Zwehl /Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Purchased with the support of the Friends of the V&A and the Cecil Beaton Fund.

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