Regrettably The Gallery will be closed on Monday 12 June 2017 for operational reasons. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Current Exhibitions and Displays
21 January – 4 June 2017
This display examines the intriguing variety of inscriptions that can be found on drawings, from artists’ signatures to casual notes and records of ownership. Featuring works by Canaletto, Corot, Signac and others this selection reveals how such annotations can shed light on the purpose, history and use of drawings.
Bloomsbury Art & Design
18 February – 21 September 2017
The Courtauld Gallery cares for an important collection of early twentieth century Bloomsbury Group works including paintings, collages, drawings, watercolours and designs and decorative arts from the Omega Workshops. Most of the collection was bequeathed by Roger Fry to the newly formed Courtauld Institute of Art in 1935; Fry was the central figure of the group, which included artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. This special display brings together a wide-ranging selection of work by this remarkable group.
Future exhibitions and Displays
The Body Unbound
16 June– 16 July 2017
Curated by students from MA Curating the Art Museum
This exhibition explores how artists past and present have engaged with the body – the corpus – to interrogate, analyse and reimagine fundamental aspects of the human condition. Curated by the students of the Courtauld’s MA Curating the Art Museum, it responds to the gallery’s Special Display Bloomsbury Art & Design.
William Henry Hunt: Country People
24 June – 17 September 2017
The Drawings Gallery
Taking its lead from W. H. Hunt’s watercolour The Head Gardener, c. 1825, that is part of The Courtauld Gallery’s permanent collection, this focused display will be first to investigate Hunt’s depiction of rural figures in his work of the 1820s and 1830s.
Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys
19 October 2017 – 21 January 2018
This exhibition brings together an outstanding group of portraits by Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943). Soutine was one of the leading painters in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s and was seen by many as the heir to Vincent van Gogh. In the early 1920s, he became fascinated by the cooks and waiting staff of French hotels and restaurants, attired in boldly coloured uniforms. The portraits of these humble figures Soutine painted over the following decade helped to establish his reputation. This major show is the first time Soutine has been the subject of a significant exhibition in the United Kingdom for 35 years.
30 September 2017 – 2 January 2018
The Drawings Gallery
The display, co-organised by The Courtauld Gallery and the University of Kent, aims to shed light on the creative power of drawing by staging a series of dialogues between works in the Courtauld collection. Looking beyond traditional questions of attribution and function, the display will focus on drawing as a creative act. It will present a series of sometimes unexpected encounters between pairs of drawings, ranging from a small sketch by George Romney to a gestural abstract work by Hans Hartung, taking in drawings by Antoine Watteau, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and Eugène Delacroix.
Antoine Caron: Drawing for Catherine de’ Medici
18 January – 15 April 2018
The Drawings Gallery
This focused international loan exhibition, the first dedicated to the drawings of Antoine Caron, brings together a celebrated group of drawings executed by Caron (1521-1599) for his patron Queen Catherine de’ Medici of France (1519-1589). Centered around the Valois series, a set of drawings of courtly pageantry here reunited for the first time, the display will showcase the way in which the powerful and influential Catherine promoted herself and her dynasty through a series of lavish courtly events. Created as preparatory designs for tapestries, the drawings capture in minute detail jousts, tournaments, festivals and a mock naval battle that were presented at the French court between 1573 and 1581, during the reigns of Catherine’s sons Charles IX and Henri III.