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Past exhibition

30 October 2017 - 18 February 2018  

Admission charge
Location: Sainsbury Wing

Journey through a world of shadow and light with artists including Rembrandt, Ingres, Picasso, Richter, and Eliasson 

‘Beauty is all the bolder in black and white’, The Times

'One black-and-white marvel after another', The Telegraph

Time Out, Evening Standard, The Observer

Why have artists chosen to paint in black and white over the last 700 years? Not just abstract artists like Malevich, Richter, and Riley, or modern artists like Picasso, but also artists you wouldn’t expect – van Eyck, Rembrandt, Dürer, and Ingres?

See what happens when these great artists put away their colourful palettes and instead focus only on shades of black, white, and grey.

The result is more liberating than it sounds. You’ll see details you didn’t notice before – textures, and new meanings. You’ll see differently.

You’ll even see yourself and your friends differently in Eliasson’s immersive ‘Room for one colour’; a mind-altering end to your visit.

Exhibition organised by the National Gallery in collaboration with Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf.

Exhibition generously supported by
Howard and Roberta Ahmanson
With additional support from
The Daniel Katz Gallery, London
The Vaseppi Trust
David Zwirner, New York/London

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