The Queen: Art and Image

The Queen: Art and Image

Chris Levine‘s portrait of the Queen, The Lightness of Being, will feature in a touring exhibition to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

The National Portrait Gallery is staging an innovative touring exhibition bringing together sixty of the most remarkable and resonant images of Elizabeth II. This will be the first National Portrait Gallery exhibition to tour to British venues before being shown in London, opening in Edinburgh in June, Belfast in October and Cardiff and London in 2012.

The exhibition includes formal painted portraits, official photographs, press images and works by contemporary artists and explores the evolution of the way The Queen has been portrayed during the sixty years of her reign.  Artists and photographers include Pietro Annigoni, Cecil Beaton, Lord Lichfield, Andy Warhol, Lucian Freud and Gerhard Richter and their works are accompanied by archival material – from film footage to postage stamps.

The Queen: Art and Image celebrates and explores the startling range of artistic creativity and media-derived imagery that the Queen has inspired. It also probes the relation of this imagery to a world of changing values during a reign that has engaged the attention of millions.

The exhibition will be on show at the National Portrait Gallery from 17th May – 21st October 2012.

National Gallery Complex, Edinburgh
25 June–18 September 2011
National Museums Northern Ireland
14 October 2011–15 January 2012
National Museum Cardiff
4 February – 29 April 2012

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