Annie Lennox and Man Ray to feature in National Portrait Gallery’s 2013 line-up

Annie Lennox in 1991, left, and Man Ray's portrait of Lee Miller

Annie Lennox in 1991, left, and Man Ray's portrait of Lee Miller

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POP icon Annie Lennox, avant-garde American photographer Man Ray and a former Soviet spy are all to be celebrated at one of Edinburgh’s leading attractions next year.

• Billy Connolly and Rikki Fulton among comedians in Tickling Jock exhibition

• Bauhaus-trained Edith Tudor-Hart’s photographs will be exhibited from March to May

• The Ken Currie exhibition will showcase a number of new works from the Glaswegian artist

Glasgow artist Ken Currie will also get a major exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, which has already unveiled plans to pay tribute to Scotland’s comedy legends next year.

The gallery will be playing host in March to the V&A’s hit exhibition charting three decades of the Aberdeen-born singer’s career, from her earliest days with The Tourists.

Lennox is expected to visit the gallery - which has celebrated the first year since its £17.6 million revamp - to unveil costumes from stages shows and memorable pop videos, photographs showing how her images has been transformed over the years, music industry awards and specially-commissioned interview footage.

Next summer will see the arrival at the gallery of the first major retrospective of the photographic portraits produced by Philadelphia-born Man Ray, spanning his illustrious career in both the United States and Paris.

Drawn from international collections around the world, it will explore his role as one of the key figures in the Dada and Surrealist movements, as well as feature portraits of artists, musicians and performers he met throughout his career, including the likes of Catherine Deneuve, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali. Ernest Hemmingway and Juliette Greco.

In the Shadow of Tyranny will explore the career of photographer Edith Tudor-Hart, who left her home country of Austria for Britain in the 1933 after being arrested for her political activities.

Having trained at the Bauhaus she pursued a career as a documentary and portrait photographer, covering issues of poverty, social division and child welfare in Vienna, London, Tyneside, Wales and Scotland. However she was an agent for the Soviets in both Austria and Britain and was pursued by the security services until her death in 1973.

The Ken Currie exhibition will include a number of new works showcasing the artist hailed as one of the leading figurative painters of his generation.

Lex McLean, Molly Weir, Billy Connolly, Rikki Fulton, Jack Milroy, Stanley Baxter, Johnny Beattie and Una Maclean will be among the celebrated comics captured on camera in the exhibition Tickling Jock.

The revamped portrait gallery - visited by the Queen in July - has led to a 50 rise in visitor numbers in the first year thanks to the creation of major new gallery spaces.

Director Christopher Baker said: “Building on the great success of the re-developed portrait gallery, we have created a rich programme of exhibitions and events which will draw many visitors to explore the incredible collection and the wonderful building which houses it.

“The exhibitions offer a wide range of inspiration – from the finest photography from around the world to the most brilliant contemporary Scottish painting and performance.”


Tickling Jock: Comedy Greats from Sir Harry Lauder to Billy Connolly

23 FEBRUARY 2013 – 25 MAY 2014


Edith Tudor-Hart: In the Shadow of Tyranny

2 MARCH 2013 – 26 MAY 2013


The House of Annie Lennox

23 MARCH 2013 – 30 JUNE 2013


Ken Currie: New Work

20 JULY 2013 – 22 SEPTEMBER 2013


Man Ray Portraits

22 JUNE 2013 – 08 SEPTEMBER 2013


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