Impression of the reconfiguration of the Great Room of the Courtauld Gallery. Photo: The Boundary

Courtauld Gallery to Close for $66 Million Renovation

The Courtauld Institute of Art has announced that it will close its gallery for two years, beginning in fall 2018, while it undergoes a $66 million revamp that will expand its Great Room and refurbish its first- and second-floor galleries. Led by architects Witherford Watson Mann, the redevelopment aims to improve accessibility and visitor experience. According to The Guardian, the renovation will be the biggest overhaul of the gallery since the Courtauld Institute moved into the eighteenth-century building in 1989.

Dubbed Courtauld Connects, the project was given the green light by the Westminister council in September. The council’s planning report states that the renovation will create more than 1,500 square feet of space by reconfiguring existing areas. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already pledged $13 million for the first phase, which will focus on overhauling the rooms that house the permanent collection. The second phase of the project will upgrade the institution’s facilities for teaching and research.

A statement issued by the institution noted that while the gallery is closed, the institution “will remain open and a thriving center for the study of art history, conservation, and curating.”