The Courtauld Summer Party 2022

Cocktails with colourful edible flowers presented on a silver tray i Summer Party, 2018 © Jim Winslet.

Join us for our much-loved annual celebration that brings together leading figures from across the art world as we explore art history and its impact today

Tickets also available on the door.  

Sip cocktails from our pop-up Renaissance Bar in The Blavatnik Fine Rooms and hear from our curatorial and academic experts at a series of insightful spotlight talks throughout the galleries. Explore The Morgan Stanley Exhibition: Edvard Munch. Masterpieces from Bergen out-of-hours and enjoy a live musical performance in the LVMH Great Room.

Ticket includes entry to the Gallery and Edvard Munch exhibition, drinks and canapés.

The Morgan Stanley Exhibition: Edvard Munch. Masterpieces from Bergen

Floor 3, Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries

This exhibition presents one of the most important early collections of Edvard Munch’s (1863–1944) work. The collection was formed at the beginning of the twentieth century by the Norwegian industrialist Rasmus Meyer (1858–1916) from the city of Bergen. A passionate art collector, Meyer knew Munch personally and assembled a comprehensive group of the artist’s major paintings. These works chart Munch’s artistic development from the 1880s to the turn of the twentieth century.

Renaissance Bar

Floor 2, The Blavatnik Fine Rooms

Cocktails and canapés

Traces: Renaissance Drawings for Flemish Prints

Floor 1, The Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery

Showcasing a selection from The Courtauld’s rich collection of works on paper, this display will explore the world of sixteenth century Flemish print production. Featuring print designs by some of the greatest Netherlandish artists of the era, including Pieter Bruegel the Elder (ca. 1525–1569) and Maerten van Heemskerck (1498–1574).


Performance by Guildhall Session Orchestra

Floor 3, LVMH Great Room

The Courtauld music programme and Guildhall School of Music and Drama continue their collaboration in offering opportunities to students to write and perform music inspired by The Courtauld’s world-renowned collection. Composed by students of the Film Music and Electronic and Produced Music course and performed by members of the Guildhall Session Orchestra, the pieces are world premieres in string quartet arrangement and a taster for new work written on paintings in the LVMH Great Room.

Spotlight: The Family of Jan Brueghel the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens

Floor 2, The Blavatnik Fine Rooms

Explore this touching portrait of the family of the artist Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568–1625) by his close friend and collaborator Peter Paul Rubens with Francesca Herrick, Art Historian.

Spotlight: Traces: Renaissance Drawings for Flemish Prints

Floor 1, The Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery

Delve deeper into the traces left by artists and craftsmen in this lesser known aspect of The Courtauld’s collection of works on paper with Maarten Bassens, Getty Paper Project Fellow.

Dr Caroline Levitt in conversation with Professor Jane Geddes

Floor 3, Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries

Dr Caroline Levitt, Head of History of Art Department, The Courtauld, and Professor Jane Geddes (MA 1976, PhD 1978) Courtauld alumna and relative of Edvard Munch collector, Rasmus Meyer, will share recollections of her family and of the extraordinary collection that Meyer assembled during his lifetime.

Spotlight: Portrait of Margaret Gainsborough, Thomas Gainsborough

Floor 2, The Blavatnik Fine Rooms

Face the direct gaze of Mrs Gainsborough with Francesca Herrick, Art Historian.

Spotlight: Gauguin’s Avant et Après with Dr Ketty Gottardo, Curator of Drawings

Floor 3, Weston Gallery

Gauguin was a prolific writer whose written output is intimately entwined with his art. Avant et après (Before and after), his final manuscript, was completed during the last months of his life. Join Dr Ketty Gottardo, Curator of Drawings, The Courtauld, to explore the facsimile of this part-memoir, part-manifesto, where Gauguin muses on his own art and anecdotes of his friendships and conflicts, in particular with Vincent van Gogh.

Indie A. Choudhury in conversation with Debbie Meniru

Floor 3, Katja and Nicolai Tangen 20th Century Gallery

Indie A. Choudhury, Lecturer of Modern & Contemporary Art, The Courtauld, in conversation with Courtauld alumna, Debbie Meniru (MA 2019) on the question of decolonising art history and its cultural impact. Debbie is Curatorial Assistant at the Hayward Gallery, most recently working on the acclaimed exhibition In the Black Fantastic.

Please note Summer Party tickets are non-refundable. For further information, please read our booking terms and conditions.

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Wednesday 20 July 2022

19.00 – 22.00

The Courtauld Gallery 

Ticket prices
£120 Standard
£95 Members and Alumni
£70 Courtauld Staff and Courtauld Students

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