Monochrome: Painting in Black and White

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Detail from Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and workshop, 'Odalisque in Grisaille', about 1824–34 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource / Scala, Florence
Monochrome: Painting in Black and White

Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN
United Kingdom
October 30th, 2017 - February 18th
Opening: October 30th, 2017 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

+44 020 7747 2865
Daily 10am–6pm, Fridays 10am–9pm


Journey through a world of shadow and light at the National Gallery this autumn 

With more than 50 works painted on glass, vellum, ceramic, silk, wood, and canvas, ‘Monochrome’ explores the tradition of painting in black and white over 700 years, from its beginnings in the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and into the 21st century.

Paintings by old masters such as van Eyck, Dürer, Rembrandt, and Ingres appear alongside works by some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today, including Gerhard Richter, Chuck Close, and Bridget Riley. Olafur Eliasson’s immersive light installation ‘Room for one colour’ (1997) brings a suitably mind-altering coda to the exhibition.

With major loans from around the world, and works from the National Gallery Collection, ‘Monochrome’ is a radical new look at what happens when artists cast aside the colour spectrum and focus on the visual power of black, white, and everything in between.