Portrait exhibition at Duff House

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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 the summer season 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.

It is a smaller and more intimate selection from the exhibition of Sander’s work shown to great acclaim at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh in 2011.

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 exhibition at Duff House will explore Sander’s practice in order to engage audiences in a contemporary conversation about self-image and identity.

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 ARTIST ROOMS on tour with the Art Fund is now in its fourth year and is showing at 17 museums and galleries across the UK in 2012. The tour is made possible thanks to the support of national fundraising charity the Art Fund which helps UK museums and galleries to buy, show and share art. 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.