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Vivien Leigh, by Yevonde, 1936, printed 2022–23, purchased with the Portrait Fund, 2021 © National Portrait Gallery, London

National Portrait Gallery announces line up of major exhibitions to mark its reopening in June 2023.

The National Portrait Gallery announced that after the largest redevelopment in its history, its doors will reopen again on 22 June 2023, with a programme of major exhibitions. Tickets for Summer 2023 exhibitions are available to book in advance now.

Exhibition highlights in the Gallery’s reopening year include displays of pioneering female photographers, such as Yevonde, Julia Margaret Cameron and Francesca Woodman, new work by David Hockney, paintings by leading Black artists including Michael Armitage, Kerry James Marshall and Amy Sherald, and never-before-seen portraits of The Beatles, taken by Paul McCartney.

Summer 2023

Yevonde: Life and Colour  22 June - 15 October 2023

The first exhibition to open as part of the Gallery’s 2023 programme will explore the life and career of the twentieth century photographer, Yevonde, who pioneered the use of colour photography in the 1930s.

Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm  28 June – 1 October 2023

An unprecedented display that will share, for the first time, an extraordinary archive of rediscovered and never-before-seen photographs taken by Paul McCartney between December 1963 and February 1964.

David Hockney: Drawing from Life 2 November 2023 – 21 January 2024

The exhibition explores the artist’s work over the last six decades through his intimate portraits of five sitters: his mother, Celia Birtwell, Gregory Evans, Maurice Payne and the artist himself. 

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