Virginia Woolf: National Portrait Gallery Announces New Exhibition

4th Apr 2014

Virginia Woolf: National Portrait Gallery Announces New Exhibition
Major museums aren't known for their appreciation of women who aren't shapely nudes, so we're as thrilled as anyone to hear about one of this year's hottest tickets: the National Portrait Gallery's exploration of Virginia Woolf.

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision will open its doors on the 10th July – and we’re well stoked.

Curated by Woolf biographer Frances Spalding, it aims to explore the life and works of the writer, as well as her feminist and political views, her love of London and her links with the modernist art movement.

Photographs and portraits by her Bloomsbury Group friends and relatives will be in shown alongside diaries, notebooks and archive material – some never before seen by the public.

Perhaps the most touching piece on display will be an object kept private for many years: Woolf’s final letter to her sister, Vanessa Bell, in which she talks of her fears that she is once more becoming mentally ill. It was sent just before her suicide.

Sandy Nairne, Director of the gallery, said: “Virginia Woolf was one of Britain’s most important writers and thinkers, who played a pivotal role at the heart of modernism in the early twentieth century…I am delighted that the National Portrait Gallery will be staging a major exhibition dedicated to the life, work and imagery of such a significant figure.”

We’re excited too Sandy – especially as the NPG isn’t the most dedicated to celebrating the voice of women: it has only 311 women artists displayed alongside 7092 men. What do you think Woolf’s views would have been about that, eh?