Jan van den Berg © Foto DigiDaan

Peter Higgs, Jan van den Berg and Victoria Crowe collide (Sold out)

  • Adults | Special event
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery
  • Friday 17 August, 7pm (doors)
    7:10-8:10pm (performance)
    8:10-9:30pm (book signing)
  • £15
  • Sold out, please check with us directly if there are any returns available on the day

Jan van den Berg’s award-winning theatrical tribute to Higgs covers CERN, particle physics and the Large Hadron Collider - an explorative journey combining performance art and science.

This wonderfully funny and unexpected lecture experience by Jan, introduced by Victoria Crowe, brings together both artists’ fascination with the Nobel Prize winning physicist Peter Higgs. Paint, portraiture, particles and performance collide in an extraordinary event for those with an interest in all or some of these elements.

"...perfect snapshot of the response of many artists to science’s advances: something is happening here; it is beautiful, exciting but mysterious.” The List

Beyond Likeness book signing and post theatre drinks
Join Victoria Crowe and Jan van den Berg in the Café after the theatre performance for drinks, and conversation. Victoria will be signing Beyond Likeness books and there will be a 15% discount off purchases* 

*Terms and conditions: Offer applies to all products for sale in the National Galleries of Scotland Scottish Portrait Gallery shop, during the event as advertised on Friday 17 August 7-9.30pm only, and does not include limited edition print purchases.

Victoria’s portrait of Higgs is included in the exhibition Beyond Likeness currently showing at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Jan is a filmmaker, performance artist and theologist with a longstanding enthusiasm for Higg’s quest to prove his scientific theory. Jan’s “stand-up physics” presented here at the Gallery incorporates film footage, storytelling, sound and words to unravel some of the theoretical scientific and maths questions that remain a mystery to many. To raise the level of excitation, Peter Higgs himself will make a guest appearance, in this big-bang fusion of art, theatre and science.

In the book accompanying the exhibition Beyond Likeness, Victoria recounts the stories of her time with Higgs, when she painted her portrait of him in 2013. She remembers the Wassily chair choice, listening to Bach, referencing the ‘boson explosion’ and his theory detailed in the background, amongst her stories of the sittings. There will be time at the end of Jan van den Berg’s memorable piece of theatre to find out more from Victoria about her exchange with Higgs.Victoria Crowe’s portrait of Peter Higgs can be viewed as part of the Beyond Likeness exhibition at the Portrait Gallery until 18 November 2018.