News Archive 2020

Opening of The Courtauld’s major exhibition in Kobe, Japan, is postponed

26 Mar 2020

Gallery shot of three Courtauld masterpieces on display at Kobe City Museum

The opening of Masterpieces of Impressionism: The Courtauld Collection, a major touring exhibition of 60 works that has been travelling in Japan since September 2019, has been postponed until further notice.

The exhibition was scheduled to open at its final venue, the Kobe City Museum, Kobe, on 28 March but has been postponed due to the coronavirus.

Part of The British Council’s UK in Japan 2019-20 season, this touring exhibition has been developed by The Courtauld in collaboration with the newspaper and media group Asahi Shimbun.

Masterpieces of Impressionism was enjoyed by some 350,000 visitors at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum before transferring to the Aichi Prefectural Museum, Nagoya.

The Courtauld Gallery is renowned internationally as the home of one of the most important collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Masterpieces of Impressionism provides a comprehensive survey of this artistic movement, principally through the exceptional collection of the pioneering British collector and philanthropist Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947).

The exhibition includes many of the most iconic paintings in The Courtauld’s Gallery’s collection, such as Edouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, Renoir’s La Loge, Paul Cézanne’s Card Players, Edgar Degas’s Two Dancers on a Stage, Vincent van Gogh’s Peach trees in Blossom, Paul Gauguin’s Nevermore, Claude Monet’s Autumn effect at Argenteuil and Amedeo Modigliani’s Female Nude.

The exhibition has been made possible due to the temporary closure of The Courtauld for our Courtauld Connects transformation project that will preserve our magnificent Grade 1 listed, 18th century building at Somerset House. It will also make our world-class artworks, research and teaching facilities more accessible to wider audiences and students around the world when we reopen in 2021.

Samuel and Elizabeth Courtauld ardently believed that art was without borders and could unite people and nations. The Courtauld Gallery looks forward to sharing the highlights of its celebrated collection with new audiences in Kobe soon.