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National Portrait Gallery

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 20:15

Simon Schama creates five new displays at the National Portrait Gallery to accompany major book and TV series on The Face of Britain!

 

Five Displays – Simon Schama’s ‘The Face of Britain’

16 Sep 2015 -4 Jan 2016

Historian Simon Schama is to join forces with National Portrait Gallery curators to create five intriguing new temporary displays within its permanent collections. Staged throughout the Gallery, portraits from across the Collection will be displayed for the first time by theme rather than chronology, taking a long view of the history of British portraits in each room.    

To coincide with the broadcast and publication in the autumn of a new five-part TV series and book, the display Simon Schama’s The Face of Britain (16 September 2015-4 January 2016), has been developed in partnership with the BBC. The collaboration also involves Oxford Film and TV who are making the television series for BBC Two and Viking / Penguin Random House who will publish the book.

The displays, chapters and episodes will reflect Simon Schama’s innovative and challenging exploration of the development, character and meanings of British portraiture. Planned with the Gallery’s team of curators led by Chief Curator Dr Tarnya Cooper, each room in the display will comprise a cross-period selection in various media and, like each chapter and episode, will explore one of the following themes: Power, Love, Fame, People and Self. 

To host a Private View of these displays contact venuehire@npg.org.uk for further information and available dates.

 

Image caption: Simon Schama at the National Portrait Gallery, London © Oxford Film and Television Ltd