Courtauld Connects
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Courtauld Connects

 

An ambitious transformation programme that will make The Courtauld’s world-class artworks, research and teaching accessible to even more people – in the UK and internationally – driving forward The Courtauld’s mission to advance how we see and understand the visual arts.

The development is the most significant in the history of The Courtauld since it moved to the North Wing of Somerset House in 1989, with the reopening of the Gallery being just the first phase of its ambitious plans. When completed, the transformation will provide students and faculty with improved study and teaching facilities and unprecedented access to its collections and exhibitions, whilst giving the public greater insight into its outstanding teaching and research. The transformation is supported by £9.5 million from National Lottery players via The National Lottery Heritage Fund and generous donations from foundations, individuals and other supporters.

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Our spectacular Great Room, which once hosted the Royal Academy of Arts’ famous summer exhibitions, will be restored to its original proportions to provide a new home for our world-famous collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings including Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and the most significant collection of works by Cézanne in the UK, including Montagne Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine.

The Courtauld’s collection will be completely redisplayed and newly interpreted. Works of international artistic significance from the Renaissance to the 18th Century will be shown in the beautifully restored Fine Rooms, there will be new and transformed galleries devoted to the Medieval and Early Renaissance collection, 20th Century art, and the work of the Bloomsbury Group.

Elegantly designed new exhibition galleries will enable The Courtauld to extend its celebrated programme of international loan exhibitions, alongside smaller temporary projects and changing displays in the dedicated Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery.

Accessibility to the building will be dramatically improved, and new interpretation and display of the artworks will make them more engaging than ever before. A redesigned visitor reception will improve access, whilst a new Learning Centre will provide improved facilities for school groups, families, young people, community groups and adult learners. There will also be a new shop, and café.

To support collection care, teaching and learning, the Conservation and Technology studios have been extensively rebuilt, and a new Object Study room created for students to work closely with The Courtauld’s collection. An extensive digitisation project will make over 3.3 million images from our photographic collections available online for the first time, engaging hundreds of volunteers, and providing access to skills and training.

Whilst The Courtauld Gallery is closed for an extensive transformation project, we have partnered both nationally and internationally to provide unique opportunities for audiences to engage with our collection.

Find out more about our Courtauld National Partners programme.

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