Wednesday 5 July 2017

The Courtauld Gallery - What's On July

The Courtauld Gallery July 2017
Drawings Room display
Until 17 September 2017
This focused display is the first exhibition to investigate William Henry Hunt’s depiction of rural figures in his work of the 1820s and 1830s. It takes its lead from a watercolour in The Courtauld Gallery’s permanent collection, The Head Gardener, which is shown alongside significant loans from institutions and private collections.

Hunt gives us an appealing vision of a rural society of dignified individuals. Typical country characters are depicted in several key works including The Broom GathererThe Vegetable Man, and The Miller in his Mill.Several of Hunt’s rural figures portray staff on landed estates, such as that of the Earl of Essex. He had a remarkable talent for finding appealing textures and colours in humble interiors, fruit, and dead game as well as in homespun clothing and leather boots. But it is, above all, the humanity of his sympathetic portrayals of these country people, beautifully rendered in watercolour, that makes them remarkable. For Ruskin, a later champion of Hunt’s work, these watercolours were ‘virtually faultless’.
What's on at The Courtauld Gallery
Curated by students from MA Curating the Art Museum
Until 16 July 2017

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.

Special Display
Until 21 September

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.

19 October 2017 – 21 January 2018

This exhibition will bring 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.
Mon, Wed, Thu and Fri
13.15.-13.30 until 14 July

Lunchtime talks are delivered by students and researchers at The Courtauld Institute of Art on works on display. The talks take place in front of the objects in the gallery and are informal and interesting ways of looking closely at the artwork.
Please note: Lunchtime Talks will end 14 July for the Summer Holidays
First, second and fourth Sunday of each month 
15.00 - 15.45

Explore highlights from the latest exhibition, or works on display, as they are examined by postgraduate students from The Courtauld Institute of Art. Included in your admission ticket, see our events calendar for dates.
Third Sunday of each month
15.00 - 15.45

Listen to performances inspired by the collection as you enjoy your visit. Included in your admission ticket, see our events calendar for dates. 
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22 April - 13 August 2017  
Ferens Gallery, Hull. Free Entry
In this exploration of the nude, Spencer Tunick’s 2016 Sea of Hull photographs sit alongside Ron Mueck’s sculptures from the ARTIST ROOMS collection and paintings by Lucian Freud. Visitors can see Edouard Manet’s study for Le déjeuner sur l’herbe on loan from The Courtauld Gallery and works from the Ferens Gallery’s rich permanent collection.
Saturday 8 July 2017, 10.30 – 18.00, State Music Room,
Stowe House

Bringing together world-leading academics, art-historians, and contemporary artists, The Courtauld Institute of Art and Aganippe Artspresent a day-long symposium held at Stowe House to open the exhibition The Garden at War.

The collaborative event aims to provide a forum for exploring issues and ideas raised by the exhibition on the development and relevance of Stowe and its history of neoclassicism. The primary strand of inquiry which informs the symposium concerns the use of the gardens at Stowe as a collaborative art-form.