In light of the current situation with the Coronavirus in the UK, our partner exhibitions are temporarily closed until further notice in line with advice from Public Health England.

Our Vernon Square and Somerset House buildings are also closed in light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak – find out more here.


We are currently transforming our Gallery, teaching and social spaces.  We will re-open in Spring 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

We have also formed UK partnerships with :

The National Gallery, London
The Courtauld at the National Gallery – Temporarily closed

Our latest dedicated Courtauld display will be at The National Gallery from Summer 2020.

In the meantime, 25 Courtauld works are able to be viewed, free of charge, throughout The National Gallery’s permanent collection while The Courtauld Gallery is closed for refurbishment.


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 Holloway, University of London
Impressions of Modern Life: Prints from The Courtauld Gallery
13 Jan – 3 April 2020 – Temporarily closed

An exhibition showcasing 24 prints from our collection by world-renowned artists such as Édouard Manet, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, in partnership with Royal Holloway University. Free entry.


The Science Museum London
Illuminating Objects
Coming soon

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. Free entry.


International Partnerships

Masterpieces of Impressionism: The Courtauld Collection

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

Past exhibitions:

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 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.

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