Courtauld reopens in November after £57m make-over
The Courtauld Gallery is to reopen in November after three years’ closure following its £57m modernisation, the most significant in its history.
Opening on November 19 its inaugural exhibition, Modern Drawings: The Karshan Gift, will include works by 20th century masters such as Baselitz, Beuys, Kandinsky, Klee, Twombly and Richter which will run until January in the new exhibition galleries, complementing the permanent collection of Impressionist art by Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Manet and others which will be reunited in the Great Room.
“The transformation has been quite incredible” said the Courtauld’s director Deborah Swallow “and the masterpieces in our collection now shine brighter than ever before.
“With improved visitor facilities, greater accessibility and a new Leon Kossoff Learning Centre we’re also looking forward to welcoming people who might not have visited the Courtauld before - as well as being once again able to use the gallery to teach our wonderful art history, curation and conservation students.”
The transformation of The Courtauld, led by architects Witherford Watson Mann, has been supported by £11m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and a generous donation of £10m from Sir Leonard and Lady Blavatnik, and the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Additional major support has been provided by the AKO Foundation, the Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation, The John Browne Charitable Trust, Denise Coates CBE, Crankstart, The Garcia Family Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Dr Martin and Susanne Halusa, The Linbury Trust, LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton and the Oak Foundation.