We are currently transforming our Gallery, teaching and social spaces.  We will re-open in 2021 with a greater variety of works from our collection on display than ever before and an expanded exhibition programme.

Whilst The Courtauld Gallery is closed for refurbishment, we have partnered both nationally and internationally to provide unique opportunities for more audiences to engage with The Courtauld’s collection.

National Partnerships

In one strand of our work, we have focused on our shared industrial heritage with locations across the UK. Inspired by the legacy of Courtaulds Ltd, the textile company that made our founder, Samuel Courtauld, his fortune, we are collaborating with local museums and galleries to develop exhibitions, volunteer led projects and school workshops that engage with schools and communities, to learn more about the history of Samuel Courtauld’s collection and Courtaulds Ltd in their area.

These principal partners include

Find out more about our National Partners programme.

Past exhibitions:

The National Gallery, London
The Courtauld at the National Gallery
17 May – 31 Aug 2021

25 Courtauld works were able to be viewed, free of charge, throughout The National Gallery’s permanent collection while The Courtauld Gallery is closed for refurbishment (reopening November 2021).

The Science Museum, London
Illuminating Objects
19 May – 12 Sept 2021

A series of small displays focused around one object from The Courtauld Gallery’s collection delivered in partnership with the Science Museum and interns from disciplines outside of Art History.

The latest in our Illuminating Objects series was a display at the Science Museum, London, exploring the sculpture Habitation by French artist, César Baldacinni, known as César. It is also available to explore through a digital display.

Illuminating Objects is supported by McQueens Flowers Ltd.

Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from The Courtauld
Holburne Museum, Bath
17 May – 1 Aug 2021

A touring exhibition of remarkable pieces of Islamic metalwork dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries. The objects included some of the finest examples of this intricate craft from modern-day Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt and Turkey, and travelled to four venues across the UK. The most spectacular piece in the collection is the Courtauld Bag, made in Mosul, present-day northern Iraq, for a noble lady of the Persian-Mongol court, around 1300 – 1330. It is recognised as one of the finest pieces of Islamic inlaid metalwork in existence, and the only surviving object of its kind.

This national tour of the collection was the first time the Courtauld Bag was shown outside the Courtauld in over 40 years.

International Partnerships

Past exhibitions:

Paul Cézanne: Masterpieces from The Courtauld
16 July – 10 Oct 2021

The Courtauld is home to the the most significant collection of works by Cézanne in the UK, and the exhibition in KODE 1 Bergen, Norway presented a major group of paintings, together with archival material. These paintings were on display in this exhibition for the first time in Norway since leaving the country in the early 20th century.

Masterpieces of Impressionism: The Courtauld Collection

A major touring exhibition of 60 works from our collection in Japan as part of the British Council’s UK in Japan 2019-20 Season. This touring exhibition was developed in collaboration with the newspaper and media group Asahi Shimbun.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism
20 Feb – 17 June 2019

This landmark exhibition explored Samuel Courtauld’s role as one of the great collectors of the twentieth century and showcased his extraordinary collection, which was displayed in Paris for the first time in over sixty years.It brought together around 100 works that all belonged to Samuel Courtauld. The majority of these are owned by The Courtauld Gallery and they were reunited with other important paintings formerly in Courtauld’s collection and now held in international public and private collections.

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