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Wed 5th Dec at 10:00am Tues-Sun - 5:00pm Tues-Fri / 6:00pm weekends

Real And Imagined Lives

@ M Shed, Bristol

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Real And Imagined Lives

What is Fact? What is Fiction?

On loan from the National Portrait Gallery, London this temporary exhibition looks at identity through fame and anonymity, reality and fiction and how people will be remembered.

The mysterious 16th and 17th century portraits in Imagined Lives have inspired internationally renowned authors to create fantasy character sketches and fictional biographies. Bringing to life the sitters whose identities have been lost or misattributed. Who are these people? What do the paintings unveil about the anonymous? In Real Lives, local writers offer their alternative insight into the people we think we know through contemporary photographic portraits of people with a Bristol connection, including Damien Hirst, JK Rowling, Tony Benn and Banksy.

Themed talks, tours and special activities will accompany this exhibition.

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Venue: M Shed

Wapping Road
Princes Wharf

BS1 4RN 51.447128, -2.599867

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