Portrait exhibition comes to Banff

Duff House in Banff has secured a prestigious loan exhibition to launch its 2012 exhibitions and events programme.

On Sunday April 1 the historic north east house opens its doors for summer with an iconic display of art of international stature.

The exhibition presents a selection of work from August Sander’s photographic project People of the 20th Century in which the artist aimed to document the German people, and in doing so created an extraordinary record of human lives.

Born in Herdorf in 1876, August Sander was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. He undertook this extraordinary cataloguing of the German people by photographing individuals and classifying the resulting portraits into groups defined by the sitters’ occupations, trades or places in society.

The works on display are taken from ARTIST ROOMS, an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art donated by Anthony d’Offay to Tate and National Galleries of Scotland for the nation.

The works in the exhibition have been generously placed on long-term loan to the ARTIST ROOMS collection by Anthony d’Offay, who continues to work with the project.

Additional funding from the ARTIST ROOMS programme has been received by Aberdeenshire Council’s Arts team to run a linked education programme with four Secondary schools

To find out more information about ARTIST ROOMS On Tour please visit www.artfund.org. To see the full ARTIST ROOMS collection please visit www.tate.org.uk/artistrooms and www.nationalgalleries.org/artistrooms.