Helen Saunders: Modernist Rebel at The Courtauld Gallery
Our latest exhibition Helen Saunders: Modernist Rebel showcases a remarkable group of 18 of the artist’s drawings and watercolours, given to The Courtauld in 2016 to form the largest public collection of Saunders’ work in the world.
This exhibition traces her artistic development, from her early period as an artist in the orbit of Roger Fry and the Bloomsbury Group, to a landmark group of drawings from her Vorticist period.
🎨 Helen Saunders: Modernist Rebel
📅 Until 29 Jan 2023
Entry included in The Courtauld Gallery general admission ticket.
Friends go free. Concessions available
Fuseli and the Modern Woman: Fashion, Fantasy, Fetishism
'Complex, brilliant, unsettling works'
🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Telegraph
Book now for our latest exhibition Fuseli and The Modern Woman: Fashion, Fantasy, Fetishism at The Courtauld Gallery.
Featuring 50 striking drawings by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825), this exhibition explores his fascination with female sexuality and the modern woman in the 18th century, and depicts the spectacularly extravagant hairdos and fashions of the day.
Organised in collaboration with the Kunsthaus Zürich. Tickets also include entry to our permanent collection. Friends go free. Concessions available.
📅 Until 8 Jan 2023
🎫 Book now: courtauld.ac.uk/whats-on/fuseli-and-the-modern-woman-fashion-fantasy-fetishism/
Join us next Wednesday 19 Oct, 6 – 10pm for the third Morgan Stanley Lates at Somerset House with The Courtauld event!
Visitors will have the chance to see our latest exhibitions Fuseli and the Modern Woman and Helen Saunders: Modernist Rebel, enjoy pop-up talks, and a range of other activities, and it's completely FREE for Under-25s!
Get after-hours access to artist Grada Kilomba’s large-scale installation O Barco / The Boat in the @somersethouse courtyard and experience a brand new commission, Geometries of Difference by artist Amba Sayal-Bennett. Food and drink will be available on the upper terrace.
Book Now: courtauld.ac.uk/whats-on/morgan-stanley-lates-at-somerset-house-with-the-courtauld-3/
💫 Last chance to see Traces: Renaissance Drawings for Flemish Prints!
Closing this Sunday 25 September, don’t miss your last chance to discover the world of 16th century Antwerp here in the Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery.
We encourage you to pick up a magnifying glass and look closely at the details! 🔍
This display features print designs by some of the greatest Netherlandish artists of the 16th century, including Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Maerten Van Heemskerck.
🗓 Until 25 September, entry to this display is included in a permanent collection ticket.
⛰️ Master of the Mountain Landscapes (active late 16th or early 17th century), Landscape with two mules, Pen and ink on paper, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) Photo: © The Courtauld
We are excited to announce our new collaboration with Google Arts & Culture!
Over 300 highlights #InOurCollection such as Manet’s A Bar at the Folies Bergère and Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear can be viewed in never before seen definition thanks to Google Art Camera technology 🎨
A specially curated selection of 13 online exhibits is also available to view, including Fashion and Illusion in Renoir’s La Loge; The Precious and Unique Courtauld Bag and Pointillism through the eyes of Seurat.
Explore here: www.artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-courtauld
Join Dr Barnaby Wright, Deputy Head of The Courtauld Gallery and Daniel Katz Curator of 20th Century Art to explore some of the highlights on display in The Morgan Stanley Exhibition: Edvard Munch. Masterpieces from Bergen at The Courtauld Gallery.
In this episode, Dr Wright explores Edvard Munch’s Evening on Karl Johan (1892). One of his most haunting pictures, this painting recalls Munch’s experience roaming up and down Oslo’s main thoroughfare.
Edvard Munch. Masterpieces from Bergen features a major collection of works by Munch - ranging from his earlier Post-Impressionist works to his series the Frieze of Life - on display in the UK for the first time.
Until 4 Sept. Friends go free.
Book now: courtauld.ac.uk/whats-on/edvard-munch-masterpieces-from-bergen/
Watch now: Cecily Brown at The Courtauld Gallery
Watch artist Cecily Brown discuss her painting Unmoored from her Reflection, 2021, created especially for the reopening of The Courtauld.
Watch the full film here: https://youtu.be/Fhtt8TklczA
She takes us through her inspirations, the painting's complex layered details, and the subtle references to The Courtauld's famous Impressionist collection found throughout the painting.
Born in London in 1969, Cecily Brown is a world-renowned artist whose works, rich in colour and movement, slip between figuration and abstraction.
Unmoored from her Reflection was created in the artist's New York studio using three large-scale curved canvasses specifically designed to fit into position at the top of the 18th-century staircase at The Courtauld Gallery.
The commission has been supported by The Garcia Family Foundation.
Edvard Munch. Masterpieces from Bergen Exhibition Tour
The Morgan Stanley Exhibition: Edvard Munch. Masterpieces from Bergen is now open! 👋
Take a tour of the exhibition with its curator, Dr Barnaby Wright, as he highlights the paintings on display that chart Munch's development as an artist.
This exhibition brings together 18 seminal works by Munch on loan from KODE Art Museums in Bergen, Norway.
Friends go free.
Until 4 Sept
Jan van der Straet (1523-1605), View of the River Arno in Florence, looking upstream, with fishermen and a river god, c. 1578
What do you do when you are drawing… and you change your mind? 🥸
🔬Luckily for us, technical analysis provides insight into what the Bruges-born painter Jan van der Straet (1523-1605), also known as Giovanni Stradanus, did to alter his compositions.
The artist often changed his mind during the creative process, as revealed in this short video clip. With the naked eye, we see how van der Straet reworked a section of his drawing by cutting out a piece of paper and replacing it with another.
Using technical analysis (Infrared Reflectography), an underdrawing in black chalk is revealed, uncovering different contours for the river god! 👈🏻
🏛️ Want to know more? Stay tuned! Traces: Renaissance Drawings for Flemish Prints opens on 18 June. Entry to this display is included in a general entry ticket. https://courtauld.ac.uk/whats-on/traces-renaissance-drawings/
Jan van der Straet (1523-1605), View of the River Arno in Florence, looking upstream, with fishermen and a river god, c. 1578, pen and brown ink, black chalk, blue washing and heightened with white, on laid paper. The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) Photo: © The Courtauld
Happy Birthday to Vincent van Gogh! He would have been 169 years old today.
To commemorate his birthday, we asked different members of The Courtauld community to show us how they pronounce his name in their different accents.
How do you pronounce his name? Let us know in the comments!
Special thanks to: Lauren 🇺🇸, Craig 🏴, Ernst 🇳🇱, Vicky 🇬🇷, Ashleigh 🇸🇬, Karen 🇫🇷, Rachel 🇺🇸, Lucia 🇪🇸 and Savash 🇬🇧.
👨🎨Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) , Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889), The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) Photo: © The Courtauld
Virtual tour: Van Gogh. Self-Portraits
🎂🎉 Today is Van Gogh's birthday, and we have a special announcement... 🤩
Since The Morgan Stanley Exhibition: Van Gogh. Self-Portraits exhibition opened in early February, thousands of you have come to explore his life through his portraits here at The Courtauld Gallery. But we want to open this opportunity up to far more people, so we are very excited to introduce you to our brand new VIRTUAL TOUR!
The new virtual tour will allow you to explore the exhibition online, giving you a chance to rediscover Van Gogh's life and genius from the comforts of your own home!
🔗 https://virtualtour.courtauld.ac.uk/vangoghselfportraits/ Join in on the fun online now!
Join art historian and presenter Kate Bryan tonight at 7pm on Sky Arts for the latest episode of Inside Art, as she embarks on a re-discovery of Vincent van Gogh’s life and genius through his self-portraits.
Kate will take viewers around the newly refurbished Courtauld Gallery, touring the spaces and focusing particularly on the current Morgan Stanley exhibition: Van Gogh. Self-Portraits.
🔗Check out the trailer below and don't forget to tune in tonight! Find out more here: http://ow.ly/RfX750ItHfy
🌟OPENING TOMORROW🎨 The Art of Experiment: Parmigianino at The Courtauld (5 March - 5 June 2022) ✍️ Our new display will present twenty-two important works by Parmigianino in The Courtauld collection.
Parmigianino (1503-1540) drew relentlessly throughout his short life. This exhibition will provide a snippet into the artist’s creative process. His works were studied and admired by artists and collectors in his lifetime and for centuries thereafter.
Entry to The Art of Experiment: Parmigianino at The Courtauld is included in the Gallery permanent collection ticket. We look forward to welcoming you!
Find out more at http://ow.ly/IHWE50I8gcO
🌙 Want to visit The Courtauld Gallery after dark? Then make sure you don’t miss out on the next After Hours event from the Courtauld Research Forum, After Hours: Tea Party, taking place 16 March, 19:00 – 21:00: https://bit.ly/3I8NLeA
Get ready for fantastical pop-up talks, interventions, activities, food and drink inspired by our decorative arts collection and exhibition, Kurdistan in the 1940s!
P.S. The Morgan Stanley Exhibition: Van Gogh. Self-Portraits is also included in the price of the ticket. Friends go free.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The first exhibition exploring Van Gogh's self-portraiture across his entire career is now open at The Courtauld Gallery 🧔🏼🎨
Book your tickets for The Morgan Stanley Exhibition: Van Gogh. Self-Portraits today: https://bit.ly/3GmOWFy
With thanks to lead partner Morgan Stanley
Supported by Kenneth C. Griffin
With additional support from The Huo Family Foundation
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat, spring 1887, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Have you ever wondered what those intriguing black brush strokes are between the man and woman in Renoir’s La Loge?
As Pierre-Auguste Renoir died on this day in 1919, for this week’s Film Friday we’re looking back at this video of Deputy Head of The Courtauld Gallery, Dr Barnaby Wright, as he unpacks the mysterious detail of Renoir’s masterpiece.
La Loge is just one of the many Impressionist and Post-Impressionist highlights we have on display in The Courtauld Gallery, book here for more: https://courtauld.ac.uk/whats-on/permanent-collection-display/
🖼️ On Georges Seurat’s birthday we’re giving you a glimpse of our much-loved wall of small Seurat works which can be found in The Courtauld’s LVMH Great Room! Just one more reason to come and visit our redisplayed permanent collection- book your tickets today:
For Film Friday we’re sharing the iconic motion picture which lit up the Piccadilly Lights screen last Saturday! Have a watch and take in the mesmerizing footage of our Gallery’s spectacular reinstallation of its iconic masterpieces, which returned home after our three-year closure.
The Courtauld Gallery is now open, book your tickets today: https://courtauld.ac.uk/whats-on/permanent-collection-display/
The Courtauld appears on the Piccadilly Lights
At 5pm on Saturday night, a special film aired on the iconic Piccadilly Lights to celebrate the reopening of The Courtauld Gallery on Friday. The film celebrates the moment that several masterpieces in The Courtauld's collection returned to the Gallery, following a transformative 3-year redevelopment.
Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and several other works are seen in the video as the final preparations for the reopening were completed.
Since 1908, the Piccadilly Lights have lit up central London with famous brands represented almost continuously since the Lights became operational. The Piccadilly Lights, with its 783.5m2 screen, is the largest advertising display in all of Europe.
#LetsDoLondon #thecourtauld #courtauld
The film was displayed with support from the Let's Do London campaign, which aims to encourage visitors to safely return to London in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
All eyes on Piccadilly Circus at 5pm
Head over to our Insta tonight at 5pm for a special live broadcast from an iconic central London landmark 👀
View it here: instagram.com/courtauld
The Courtauld Gallery officially opens in 3 days!
Our temporary exhibitions include Pen to Brush: British Drawings and Watercolours, displayed in The Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery.
The selection ranges from one of the earliest and smallest works in the collection, a pen and ink drawing by Isaac Oliver measuring just 47 x 59 mm (around 1565-1617), to a little-known abstract drawing, Vorticist Composition with Figures, Black and White (1915), by Helen Saunders- one of only two female members of the early 20th-century avant-garde Vorticist group, and works from the ‘golden age’ of British watercolour by J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, as well as Edward Dayes’ panoramic view of Somerset House from the Thames.
Read more and book your tickets today: https://courtauld.ac.uk/whats-on/pen-to-brush-british-drawings-and-watercolours/
It's Film Friday! When The Courtauld Gallery reopens to the public in just 7 days one of our temporary exhibitions in the new Project Space will be Kurdistan in the 1940s, as part of a major volunteer-led digitisation project from the Conway Library.
Remember to visit our website which is now bursting with new pictures from the Gallery, information about Friends membership preview events, our new Christmas Shop range and much more!
It’s Film Friday! The Courtauld Gallery will reopen in just two weeks on 19 November 2021, following the most significant modernisation project in its history, providing a transformed home for one of the UK’s greatest art collections.
One of our opening displays will be Modern Drawings: The Karshan Gift - a collection of 24 important modern and post-war featuring work by European and American masters including Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Gerhard Richter, Louis Soutter and Cy Twombly. Aside from Cézanne, none of the artists included in the gift has previously been represented in the collection.
Book your tickets here: https://courtauld.ac.uk/whats-on/modern-drawings-the-karshan-gift/
The Courtauld is strongly encouraging our students and staff to take up their full course of Covid-19 vaccinations.
If you have any questions about the vaccines, read the NHS FAQs here: https://bit.ly/3tceW1d
The Courtauld is pleased to announce that it has acquired eight drawings by the American artist Susan Schwalb (b.1944), one of the foremost figures in the revival of the metalpoint technique.
The works are a significant addition to The Courtauld’s small collection of metalpoint drawings, and enhance the representation of female, as well as American, artists in the Gallery’s collection of works on paper.
Seven of the metalpoint drawings have been purchased through a generous gift of the Tavolozza Foundation, with one further work donated by the artist.
From 1984 to the present day, Schwalb has created strikingly juxtaposed metalpoint works formed of different colours and metals. She has pushed the creative boundaries of the medium, enriching its vocabulary by combining gold, brass, silver, copper and aluminium to achieve a shimmering luminous surface.
Susan Schwalb’s drawings will be available to view in The Courtauld’s Print Room when the Gallery reopens in November following a major transformation.
Learn more: https://courtauld.ac.uk/news-blogs/2021/susan-schwalb-acquisition/
Professor Aviva Burnstock joins the Fake or Fortune team to investigate a small painting depicting the Last Supper, purchased by Anglesey farmer Huw Lewis for £50 on the internet. Can the team prove it’s an eighteenth-century work by the artist Benjamin West?
Watch the full episode on BBC iPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000ywsf