National Gallery goes national for NG200

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The National Gallery is to mark its bicentenary - by going national in a £95m celebration of its foundation in 1824, which includes a major refurbishment.

On May 10th in two years’ time 12 exhibitions will open in 12 different regional venues, each one set around a significant painting from the National Gallery’s collection - including  J M W Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire and George Stubbs’s Whistlejacket.

Also in the year-long NG200 programnme will be an Art Road Trip with travelling workships touring the country, an online film of behind the scenes at the gallery and en exhibition devoted to Van Gogh’s most famous painting, Sunflowers.

The celebrations will include the major remodelling of the 29-year-old Sainsbury Wing and parts of the original Wilkins building, aimed at making the gallery’s collections and activities more accessible to the public.

“The National Gallery is the nation’s gallery, and we are committed to the belief in the transformative nature of art and it being a vital resource for learning, enjoyment and wellbeing” said the gallery’s direcror, Gabriele Finaldi. “While our physical presence is in London, our audiences are drawn from all over the country – and all over the world. 

“The NG200 Project will celebrate the gallery’s bicentenary, combining inspirational and diverse country wide programming with plans for a suite of capital projects. This is an integral part of the National Gallery’s ambition to define and set new standards for the role a cultural institution can play in public life.” 

The National Gallery has a fundraising campaign to raise the £95m costs of the remoxelling and the rest of the year, and £50m has already been raised.

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