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Liverpool Echo
Laura Davis

Tate Liverpool bringing Lucian Freud show to the North West for the first time in 30 years

Tate Liverpool will show a free exhibition of celebrated British painter Lucian Freud's paintings and prints in 2021.

Featuring key paintings and works on paper spanning his entire career, Lucian Freud In Focus will be the first significant display of his work to take place in the North West in more than 30 years.

It will run from July 6, 2021 to January 16, 2022, alongside a major new project by North West-based artist Emily Speed.

Considered to be one of the leading 20th century portraitists, Freud's early career was influenced by surrealism but by the early-1950s he had moved to creating stark paintings that tended towards realism.

An intensely private man, he mostly painted the closest people in his life including friends, family, fellow painters, lovers and children. He died in 2011.

The announcement comes as Tate Liverpool today unveiled its 2021 programme, which will include a spring showing of new installations as part of the postponed Liverpool Biennial contemporary art festival.

The Albert Dock gallery's Aliza Nisenbaum exhibition, which was also postponed due to the coronavirus lockdown, will now open on December 15, 2020.

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Nisenbaum, whose work is influenced by the Mexican mural movement and its depiction of social history, is spending a period of time living in Liverpool during which she will make a new work depicting key workers from the city.

Tate Liverpool is currently closed due to lockdown but will reopen on Monday, July 27. Its postponed exhibition of work by war photographer Don McCullin will open in September.

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