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Monthly masterpieces mark Dulwich Gallery's 200 years

  • 2 December 2010
  • From the section London
Self-portrait by Van Gogh
Image caption A self-portrait by Van Gogh will be one of the masterpieces

A south London gallery is celebrating its 200th anniversary next year by showing a masterpiece every month.

Twelve paintings from some of the world's most famous galleries will go on show at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Among the works being loaned is a self-portrait by Van Gogh, currently on show at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

The Prado in Madrid and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC have also agreed to lend paintings to the year-long exhibition.

The Tate collection in London will also donate David Hockney's Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy.

The Dulwich Picture Gallery was the first purpose-built public art gallery in England when it opened its doors in the south London suburb in 1811.

Director Ian Dejardin said: "We are proud and delighted to be able to announce our plans for this landmark birthday with the extraordinary support of the world's great museums and collections, our dedicated patrons and benefactors, and the community that we serve."

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