Contact details:

The Courtauld Gallery

Somerset House





Tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 1645

Fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 2589


Alexandra Gerstein studied at the École du Louvre, Paris (1994) and at The Courtauld Institute of Art, writing her Ph.D. on aspects of sculptural integration in the public buildings of the Edwardian Baroque Revival (2003). She has worked at the Wallace Collection and at the Canadian Center for Architecture and is at the Gallery since 2003, where she is responsible for the collection of sculpture and decorative arts and for all matters related to provenance research for the period 1933-45. She co-curated two exhibitions in collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum, on  porcelain from Revolutionary Russia and on Empress Josephine and the arts, and is currently working on an exhibition of textile designs of the Bloomsbury Group.  She also teaches a course on Victorian architecture and sculpture .


Current research/ interests:


  • Sculpture in Britain and France in the 19th and & 20th centuries
  • Display of sculpture in public and private collections



International symposia and conferences organised at the Institute:


Bronze Casting in the 20th Century, 15 November 2008

'Temporary Sculpture: A Durable Art-Form?’,17 & 18 May 2004


'Sculpture and the Pedestal’ (Part II of a symposium held at Reading University), 10 June 2003


'Sculpture in Architecture: 1850 to the Present’ (funded by the Henry Moore Foundation), 8 & 9 November 2002


Recent/ forthcoming publications:


Editor, Display and Displacement: Sculpture and the Pedestal, from Renaissance to Postmodern (Research Forum Publication, Paul Holberton Press, 2006)