The Samuel Courtauld Trust to make £650,000 donation to Courtauld Connects

18 Feb 2021

The Courtauld is delighted to announce that the Samuel Courtauld Trust has made a significant donation of £650,000 to the transformation of The Courtauld’s Somerset House spaces, as part of the wider Courtauld Connects project. Coupled with an earlier donation, this brings the total the Samuel Courtauld Trust has donated to the project to £925,000.

The Samuel Courtauld Trust is an independent charity, working to maintain and develop its collection, which is cared for by The Courtauld Gallery, and to support the collection’s wider public enjoyment. It also works with The Courtauld to promote interest and education in the history of art and art conservation. The Trust was founded by Samuel Courtauld in the 1930s as the Home House Society, at the same time as the Courtauld Institute of Art was established, with both organisations sharing a deep commitment to their founder’s vision of the role of art in society.

Professor Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director of The Courtauld, welcomed the donation, saying: “The Samuel Courtauld Trust has been a vital partner in Courtauld Connects since the beginning, working closely with The Courtauld on the Courtauld National Programme and our international tours. I am delighted that they have further shown their support through this significant donation, which will play an important part in ensuring Courtauld Connects achieves its vision of transforming our Somerset House home, and bringing The Courtauld to new audiences.”

Andrew Hochhauser QC, Chair of The Samuel Courtauld Trust, added: “The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House plays a central role in the delivery of the Trust’s objectives, through its material and intellectual stewardship of the collection, its programme of exhibitions and displays, and its educational work. We are truly excited about the transformation currently taking place, which should enable even more people to enjoy the collection, and discover more about art. I am delighted that the Samuel Courtauld Trust has been able to offer additional support to Courtauld Connects, and greatly look forward to the Gallery reopening later this year.”

The Courtauld’s historic central London gallery is set to reopen in late 2021, after a major transformation to restore its grandeur and create state-of-the-art facilities. Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architects Witherford Watson Mann, the Gallery redevelopment revitalises and opens up the magnificent buildings conceived by Sir William Chambers in the 1770s, celebrating their fascinating heritage.

Masterpieces from our collection such as Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and the most significant collection of works by Cézanne in the UK will be presented in The Courtauld Gallery’s spectacular Great Room, one of the largest spaces in Somerset House.

New and transformed galleries will be devoted to the Medieval and Early Renaissance collection, 20th Century art, and the Bloomsbury Group. New exhibition spaces will extend The Courtauld’s celebrated programme of international loan exhibitions alongside smaller temporary projects. Overall, The Courtauld’s collection will be completely redisplayed and newly interpreted.

The development is the most significant in the history of The Courtauld, founded in 1932, and since it moved to the North Wing of Somerset House in 1989. Future ambitions include providing students and faculty with improved study and teaching facilities and unprecedented access to its collections and exhibitions, whilst giving the public greater insight into and access to The Courtauld’s outstanding teaching and research.

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