Lucian Freud Portraits to open at London’s National Portrait Gallery in 2012

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London’s National Portrait Gallery will host a major Lucian Freud exhibition next year to coincide with the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The gallery’s director Sandy Nairne wanted to “invite one of our very, very best artists to make a very special exhibition”. He approached Freud, who “responded extremely warmly and positively to that proposition”.

Unfortunately Freud died in July, but Nairne says this is not a retrospective but an exhibition made “in close collaboration with Lucian Freud”.

There’ll be more than 100 works on show, including portraits of:

  • Freud’s mother Lucie
  • Artists Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon and David Hockney
  • Performance artist Leigh Bowery
  • Bowery’s friend Sue Tilley, the “Benefits Supervisor”

Lucian Freud Portraits is at the National Portrait Gallery from 9 February to 27 May 2012 and is part of the London 2012 Festival