London. – Gallery of never-before-seen photos taken by Paul McCartney during the climax the Beatles Another exhibition by British artist David Hockney is part of the National Portrait Gallery’s program in London to mark the museum’s June 22 reopening.
This gallery, which has 215,000 images in its archives, has undergone the most significant redesign in its history since 2020, with original spaces restored and new facilities constructed.
To mark the event, its director, Nicholas Cullinan, on Wednesday announced key aspects of the 2023-24 programme, among them an exhibition Footage taken by Paul McCartney with his camera between December 1963 and February 1964, When he, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr turned the group into a worldwide phenomenon.
As Cullinan told the media today, Paul McCartney himself contacted the gallery in 2020 to say he had found these photos, which he thought he had lost.
These images can be seen between June 28 and October 1. Calling it “fantastic” to be able to work with McCartney, the director said the show would be called Eyes of the Storm.
Cullinan said: “Our first-year exhibition program presents some of the world’s most celebrated artists in a new light, contains extraordinary, never-before-seen images, unveils the work of leading innovators, charts important cultural grounds and showcases the best contemporary images.
The museum, which is located next door to the National Gallery, will also feature exhibits by leading female photographers including Yevonde, Julia Margaret Cameron and Francesca Woodman, as well as new work by David Hockney, paintings by notable black artists including Michael Armitage, Kerry James Marshall and Amy Sherald .
From November 2 to January 21, 2024, the museum will present the Hockney exhibition, which aims to explore the artist’s work over the past six decades through intimate portraits of various models.
Between 22 February and 19 May 2024 there will be an exhibition dedicated to artists from the African diaspora working in the UK and the US.
Thus, the gallery will display works by contemporary artists such as Horvin Anderson, Michael Armitage, Jordan Castile, Njidika Akonelli Crosby, Noah Davis, Lupina Hamid, Claudette Johnson, Titus Kavar, Kerry James Marshall, Toyin Auger Odutola, Nathaniel Marie Quinn, Amy Sherald, Henry Taylor and Barbara walker.
These images, according to the museum, will examine aesthetic, psychological, and political considerations in the representation of the black community.
As part of the renovation, the entrance to the museum will feature new doors, created from large windows, while there will be new seating areas.
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