The Making of an Exhibition - a film specially commissioned for 'Jonathan Yeo Portraits' by the Museum of National History
In December 2015, Studio Eiffel started following Jonathan Yeo as he prepared for his largest exhibition to date at The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark, which opened in March 2016.
His latest works, which feature in this film, would see him painting the likes of the former Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the actor and model Cara Delevingne, who he painted a series of portraits of over an eighteen month period, and the actor Kevin Spacey, whose portrait of him playing the role of President Underwood from the Netflix series House of Cards was unveiled at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC in February 2016.
In this film, which was specially commissioned by the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle to accompany the exhibition ‘Jonathan Yeo Portraits’, Yeo gives insight into the various themes he is exploring in his latest works and provides a rare glimpse into his studio practice and what it takes to make an exhibition of this scale possible.
Jonathan Yeo Studio and Studio Eiffel would like to thank Netflix for their kind permission to reproduce the footage of the unveiling of ‘Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood’.
We are pleased to announce that on the 20th March 2016 The Museum of National History, at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark, opened the largest ever exhibition of Jonathan Yeo’s work to date. The show includes several new paintings, alongside many of the best known works from his 25 year career, and is the first retrospective by a British artist at the museum.
The first official portrait of the former Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, commissioned by the Museum of National History, was unveiled at the Castle, and now hangs in the exhibition until it closes on the 30th June. This painting of Demark’s first ever female PM will eventually join the museum’s permanent collection of historic portraits. The formal opening ceremony included speeches from the Museum's Director, Mette Skougaard, the British Ambassador to Denmark, and Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the NPG London.
Art imitates life as portrait of President Underwood is unveiled at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
A major new portrait of Kevin Spacey, in his role as House of Card’s President Francis Underwood, was unveiled at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. The portrait is a joint project between British artist Jonathan Yeo and the museum, which houses the only complete collection of Presidential portraits outside of the White House.