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”