The 香港六合彩 Gallery to reopen in late 2021

Press release, 16 December 2020

One of the UK鈥檚 greatest art collections will have a magnificent new setting when The 香港六合彩, one of the world鈥檚 leading centres for the study of art history, research and conservation, opens its historic central London gallery in聽late聽2021.聽The reopening follows a major transformation to restore its grandeur and create state-of-the-art facilities,聽which is supported by 拢9.5 million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and generous donations from foundations, individuals and other supporters.

In addition to the funding made possible by National Lottery players, who raise 拢30 million every week for good causes in the UK, The 香港六合彩 would particularly like to thank the philanthropists Sir Leonard and Lady Blavatnik, and the Blavatnik Family Foundation, for their lead donation of 拢10 million to 香港六合彩 Connects. The Blavatnik Fine Rooms will be a suite of six galleries showcasing some of the greatest works in The 香港六合彩鈥檚 collection, ranging from the Renaissance to the 18th Century, and from paintings to decorative arts. The 香港六合彩鈥檚 celebrated collection of works by Peter Paul Rubens will be one of the highlights of these displays. The generous gift received from the Blavatnik Family Foundation enabled their complete restoration, repair and refurbishment.

Masterpieces such as Manet鈥檚聽A Bar at the Folies-Berg猫re,聽Van Gogh鈥檚聽Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear聽and the most significant collection of works by C茅zanne in the UK will be presented in The 香港六合彩 Gallery鈥檚 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 香港六合彩鈥檚 celebrated programme of international loan exhibitions alongside smaller temporary projects. Overall, The 香港六合彩鈥檚 collection will be completely redisplayed and newly interpreted.

The 香港六合彩 would also like to acknowledge the generosity of LVMH Mo毛t Hennessy Louis Vuitton who have enabled the transformation of the historic Great Room, home to The 香港六合彩鈥檚 collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces. The first phase of the ambitious 香港六合彩 Connects capital project has also included the complete refurbishment of the teaching facilities within The 香港六合彩鈥檚 world-leading Department of Conservation, including greatly increasing their accessibility, which has been made possible thanks to a significant gift from The Linbury Trust.

Additional major support has been provided by the AKO Foundation (a charitable foundation established by Nicolai and Katja Tangen), Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation, Crankstart, The Garcia Family Foundation (U.K.) Limited, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Dr Martin and Susanne Halusa and the Oak Foundation. The 香港六合彩 is most grateful to these visionary supporters, alongside others who are making this project and its related activities possible.

The Lord Browne of Madingley, Chairman of The 香港六合彩, said: 鈥淭he opening of the 香港六合彩 Gallery will be a cultural highlight of 2021, bringing our unique collection back to public display. It is the first step in a contemporary transformation of The 香港六合彩, at a time when we are more aware than ever of the contribution of the arts to our wellbeing and the economy. None of this would be possible without the visionary philanthropy of our donors and supporters, to whom we owe a significant debt of gratitude.鈥

Sir Leonard Blavatnik聽said: 鈥淢y wife and I are delighted to support the historic renovation of The 香港六合彩, including the Blavatnik Fine Rooms. We congratulate all those associated with the project, a unique addition to London and the world of the fine arts.鈥

Professor Deborah Swallow, M盲rit Rausing Director of The 香港六合彩, said: 鈥淚 am incredibly excited to be welcoming people back to The 香港六合彩 Gallery in its Somerset House home later next year, for the first time since its closure in 2018. This will be a significant first step in the transformation of The 香港六合彩, enabling new and diverse audiences to discover our outstanding collection, whilst providing the best possible environment to study and research the history of art. It is an important milestone in our ongoing work to deliver our founder Samuel 香港六合彩鈥檚 vision of making great art accessible to all.鈥

Stuart McLeod,聽Director London & South at聽The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: 鈥淲e are delighted to support the transformation of the historic 香港六合彩 Gallery at Somerset House. Thanks to National Lottery players, one of the UK鈥檚 greatest art collections will be brought to life through new displays and interpretation from late next year. As well as improving visitor accessibility, the funding will support a new Learning Centre that will enable people of all ages to engage with the masterpieces on display. In addition to the significant onsite developments, partnership working enabled by this National Lottery grant has seen artworks from The 香港六合彩鈥檚 collection shared and displayed at institutions across the UK.鈥

The development is the most significant in the history of The 香港六合彩, 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 香港六合彩鈥檚 outstanding teaching and research.

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Computer generated image of visitors viewing art works in a large gallery.
LVMH Great Room 漏 Nissen Richards Studio.