During this time of redevelopment much of The Courtauld’s collection will be available for public view. We have partnered both nationally and internationally to provide unique opportunities for more audiences to engage with our collection.
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
- Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
- Ulster Museum, Belfast
- The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum Coventry
- The Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
- Wolverhampton Art Gallery
- Braintree District Museum
- Greenfield Valley Heritage Park
We have also formed UK partnerships with :
The National Gallery, London
The Courtauld at the National Gallery
27 March 2019–19 April 2020
Enjoy masterpieces from The Courtauld Gallery, including famous works by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens, Perino del Vaga and Pieter Bruegel the Elder at The National Gallery in a dedicated Courtauld display.
A selection of much-loved paintings from the Gallery’s own holdings will also be displayed alongside The National Gallery’s own permanent collection while The Courtauld Gallery is closed for refurbishment.
The Science Museum London
5 June 2019–Early 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 the History of Art.
Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from The Courtauld
A touring exhibition of remarkable pieces of Islamic metalwork dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries. The objects include some of the finest examples of this intricate craft from modern-day Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt and Turkey, and will travel 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 will be the first time the Courtauld Bag will be shown outside the Courtauld in over 40 years.
- Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro: 27 Sept 2019 – 12 January 2020
- Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford: 18 January – 10 May 2020
- Holburne Museum, Bath: 20 May – 6 September 2020
- History of Science Museum, University of Oxford: 11 September 2020 – 3 January 2021
Royal Holloway, University London
Impressionist Prints from The Courtauld
January – March 2020
A major touring exhibition of 60 works from the collection will travel to Japan. This touring exhibition has been developed in collaboration with the newspaper and media group Asahi Shimbun.
- Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo: 10 Sept – 15 Dec 2019
- Aichi Prefectural Museum, Nagoya: 3 January – 15 March 2020
- Kobe City Museum: 28 March – 21 June 2020
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism
20 February – 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 will be reunited with other important paintings formerly in Courtauld’s collection and now held in international public and private collections. In addition, the exhibition included watercolours by William Turner that belonged to Samuel Courtauld’s brother, Stephen. The exhibition also shed light on Courtauld’s pioneering role in shaping public taste for Impressionism in the United Kingdom.