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Courtauld Institute Plans $73 Million Revamp

Artforum.com announced yesterday that the Courtauld Institute will receive over $13 million from the UK’s Heritage Fund in the first stage of a renovation that will cost $73 million in total for a project titled “Courtauld Connects.” Phase one of the renovation will require about $44 million to complete, and will focus on the institute’s permanent collection as well as public outreach initiatives, both within the UK and internationally.

Phase two will cost $29 million, and it will be aimed towards creating top-of-the-line-facilities and resources for teaching and research. For this, the institute will be working with Stirling Prize-winning architects Witherford Watson Mann. Their upgrades to Somerset House, where the Courtauld has resided since 1989, will be expansive, but keep in line with its history and architecture.

Courtauld alumnus and director of the Tate Nicholas Serota says, “The Courtauld is a world class teaching institution allied to an outstanding collection. ‘Courtauld Connects’ is a bold venture that will open the resources of both parts of The Courtauld to new audiences in London, nationally and internationally. The improvements to the galleries and public facilities have been designed by architects with a deep sympathy for art and the needs of audiences.”

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