National Gallery - Monochrome: Painting in Black and White

Exhibition Dates: 30 October 2017 – 18 February 2018

This autumn, the National Gallery invites you to see the history of art in a fresh and revealing way – Monochrome: Painting in Black and White is the first major exhibition to explore what happens when artists set aside the colour spectrum in favour of other forms of visual expression.

Old Masters such as Rembrandt and Ingres are juxtaposed with some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today, including Bridget Riley, Gerhard Richter, and an immersive light installation by Olafur Eliasson.

Image credits

Gerhard Richter, 'Helga Matura with her Fiancé', 1966 © Gerhard Richter 2017 (0182). Photo: Museum Kunstpalast - ARTOTHEK
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and workshop, 'Odalisque in Grisaille', about 1824-34 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource / Scala, Florence
Olafur Eliasson, 'Room for one colour', 1997. Installation view at Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015 © Olafur Eliasson. Photo: Anders Sune Berg

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Daily 10.00-18.00
Friday 10.00-21.00

Offer only applies to full price adult tickets purchased at the ticket desks at the National Gallery and cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer only applies to same day tickets, and cannot be used to purchase advance tickets. Subject to availability

Phone number: 020 7747 2885

National Gallery - Monochrome: Painting in Black and White

Valid until 30 April 2018

National Gallery - Monochrome: Painting in Black and White

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