[Photographic] London: Man Ray Portraits, National Portrait Gallery

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We saved Man Ray Portraits exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery as our last treat in London. Like you save your favourite part of the cake for last so that all the goodness lingers on and sends soft pleasure signals to your brain. And what a pleasure it was!

I read in the NPG website, and was quite surprised to learn, that this was the first major museum retrospective of Man Ray’s photographic portraits; something I hadn’t realized until then. Which led to another, all the more pleasant surprise: the discovery, the rare luxury of an exhibition where one could just drop in, always find a ticket and wander about with none of the (what has now become) usual hassle of  a “sold out” or “timed” event, the latter being a scheme most exhibitions tend to embrace these days. Really refreshing not to be expected to stand in a queue…

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