Events Archive (2008-2012)
Friends events are designed to give Friends special access to The Courtauld’s collections and distinguished faculty, curators and alumni. Below are just a few examples of our Friends events in the past.
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Christmas fare © 1630 Jane Lloyd
Visit and talk on Christmas Past exhibition followed by Christmas lunch
FRIDAY 14 DECEMBER 12 noon – 3PM
We are delighted to invite you to a Friends’ Christmas Lunch in The Geffrye, which explores the home over the past 400 years. The focus is on the living rooms of the urban middle classes in England and it is housed in former 18th-century almshouses. We will have a talk on the Christmas Past exhibition directly followed by Christmas Lunch. You are free to visit the wonderful period rooms from 10am or after 2pm at your own leisure.
Edwin Long Babylonian Marriage Market, 1875 Picture gallery Royal Holloway College
ROYAL HOLLOWAY FOUNDER'S BUILDING AND PICTURE GALLERY
Guided tour and cream tea
THURSDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2 – 5PM
Thomas Holloway not only built the magnificent Holloway College but also acquired two collections of paintings including the Babylonian Marriage Market by Edwin Long and many others. We will have a guided tour of the Founder’s Building followed by cream tea in the Picture Gallery and then have a guided tour of their famous collection.
ThE PRE-RAPHAELITES AND THE GOTHIC REVIVAL
Lecture by Dr Ayla Lepine
WEDNESDAY 7 NOVEMBER 6.30 – 8.00PM
Two modern movements were pivotal in transforming art, architecture and design in nineteenth-century Britain: the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the Gothic Revival. Dr Ayla Lepine, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, will explore revivalism, innovation and the Victorian imagination in relation to practitioners who were inspired by visions of an idyllic medieval past. Ayla will focus on material in the Tate exhibition and the Courtauld's own collection, artists and architects. A drinks reception will follow.
Master's Court, Charterhouse
CHARTERHOUSE, SUTTON'S HOSPITAL
TUESDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2.15 – 4PM
Charterhouse is a former Carthusian monastery to the north of what is now Charterhouse Square. It is formally known as Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse, and, since the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century the house has served as private mansion, a boys’ school and an alms house, which it remains to this day.
80th anniversary highlights tour
THE COURTAULD GALLERY
THURSDAY 29 NOVEMBER 5 – 6PM
To celebrate the Courtauld’s 80th anniversary, a Courtauld expert will lead a lively tour of eight key treasures in our collection. Afterwards, as part of The Courtauld Late Nights, supported by The Friends, there will be live music with Courtauld experts holding talks on Peter Lely: A Lyrical Vision exhibition while downstairs drinks and nibbles will be available in the cash bar of The Courtauld Gallery Café till 9pm.
Peter Lely Reuben offering Mandrakes to Leah, around 1645 © The Samuel Courtauld Trust
PETER LELY: A LYRICAL VISION
WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER 3 – 4PM
Peter Lely was England's leading painter from the period of the Civil War to the reign of Charles II. Known principally for his portraits of court beauties, he devoted his early career to ambitious paintings of figures in idyllic landscapes, their lyrical character contrasting with the political turmoil of the times. Exclusive preview and tour by a Courtauld curator.
Forlorn Angel © claudecf. Highgate cemetery
TUESDAY 23 OCTOBER 11AM – 12.30PM
A hidden gem in North London, Highgate Cemetery has mausoleums, catacombs and ornate tombs of among others Karl Marx, Dickens’ parents and wife Catherine, George Eliot and Christina Rossetti in this rambling, overgrown woodland graveyard. Guided tour of the West Cemetery and an introduction to the East Cemetery.
Highgate Cemetery, London N6
St Cyprian's Churh visit by Friends
ST CYPRIAN’S CHURCH
THURSDAY 19 JANUARY 11AM – 12.30PM
Guided tour by Dr Ayla Lepine, Courtauld Visiting Lecturer and specialist in all things Victorian, of this exquisite late Victorian church, designed by Sir John Ninian Comper and built in 1903.
Friends visit of of Edmund de Waal'sstudio
EdMUND DE WAAL’S POTTERY
MONDAY 5 DECEMBER 1.30PM – 3PM
Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance, and distinguished potter and ceramist, whose work has been on top shows like the RA summer exhibition, Masterpiece and Art Basel while also permanently on display in the Victoria & Albert Museum, will receive us in his studio and tell us more about his work. Not to be missed!
The London Library
ThE LONDON LIBRARY
MONDAY 7 NOVEMBER 7 – 8PM GROUP 1 - FULLY BOOKED
MONDAY 7 NOVEMBER 6 – 7PM GROUP - SPACES
Guided tour of The London Library, founded in 1841 by Thomas Carlyle. The Library is still housed in its original position in St James's Square but was entirely reconstructed in 1896-98, as one of the first steel-frame buildings in London with its eclectic facade. The Library contains some 30,000 of the most valuable, rare books.
Paduan School Virgin
THE COURTAULD GALLERY
THURSDAY 17 NOVEMBER 5 – 6PM
One of our regular Highlights Tours of some of our Masterpieces by Dr Ayla Lepine. Afterwards, as part of The Courtauld Late Night opening series, there will be live music with Courtauld experts holding talks on the Spanish Drawings exhibition while downstairs drinks and nibbles will be available in the cash bar of The Courtauld Gallery Café till 9pm.
The Virgin of the Rocks Leonardo da Vinci © The National Gallery London
LEONARDO DA VINCI: PAINTER AT THE COURT OF MILAN
Lecture by Dr Per Rumberg
THE COURTAULD INSTITUTE OF ART
MONDAY 21 NOVEMBER 6.30 – 7.30PM
Per Rumberg, Courtauld alumnus, former Friends Scholar and Pidem Curatorial Assistant at The National Gallery, is a contributor to the Leonardo exhibition. This show at the National Gallery concentrates on the work Leonardo produced as court painter to Duke Lodovico Sforza in Milan in the late 1480s and 1490s. Per will give us an insight into what promises to be one of the greatest shows this year. Followed by drinks in the foyer.
Racing Results John Burmingham © The Fleming Collection
JOHN BURNINGHAM: AN ILLUSTRATED JOURNEY AT THE FLEMING COLLECTION
Guided tour and exhibition
MONDAY 28 NOVEMBER 10 – 11.30AM
Guided visit of The Fleming Collection which boasts arguably the finest collection of Scottish art comprising artists such as the Scottish impressionist William McTaggart, the Glasgow Boys, and famous Scottish Colourists like Lochaber and John Watson. Afterwards we will have an opportunity to see the exhibition of one of the best loved illustrators John Burningham.
Christ Church Spitalfields
ChRIST CHURCH AND SPITALFIELDS
Visit and architectural walk
SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 2 – 4PM
Anna Fenn, Courtauld alumna and Blue Badge guide, will take us on an architectural walk around Spitalfields, location of some of London's most beautiful 18th-century houses, starting with a visit to Nicholas Hawksmoor's Christ Church. Amongst the early immigrants of this vibrant and historic neighbourhood were members of the Courtauld family, who were then practicing goldsmiths.
Cantar y Bailar Goya, 18th C.
© The Samuel Courtauld Trust
ThE SPANISH LINE: DRAWINGS FROM RIBEIRA TO PICASSO
THE COURTAULD GALLERY
WEDNESDAY 20 OCTOBER 3 – 4PM
Exclusive Friends’ preview and curatorial tour by Dr Stephanie Buck, Curator of Drawings. This exhibition presents highlights from The Courtauld Gallery's collection of Spanish drawings, one of the most important in Britain. The collection ranges from the 16th to the 20th century and features examples by many of Spain’s greatest artists, including Ribera, Murillo, Goya and Picasso.
Arab Hall Leighton House. Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. © Justin Barton
MONDAY 31 OCTOBER 11AM – 1PM
Guided tour of the former home and studio of the leading Victorian artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton. The house was designed by George Aitchison, created to display Leighton's priceless collection of Islamic tiles from Damascus in Syria and has as its centrepiece the Arab Hall; a compelling vision of the Orient in Victorian times.
Frida on White Bench Photo by NickolasMuray © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives
FrIDA KAHLO & DIEGO RIVERA AT PALLANT HOUSE
Guided tour of Pallant House and exhibition
SATURDAY 24 SEPTEMBER
11.45AM – 4PM
Guided tour of Pallant House’s fabulous permanent collection with works by Lucian Freud, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson and many others. After lunch we will enjoy a pre-exhibition talk on two famous Mexican artists, for the first time shown together in the UK: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, both artists of mythological status, followed by a viewing of the exhibition. After the tours there is time to visit Chichester itself with its magnificent cathedral and beautiful historical centre.
MiroDutch Interior, 1928 © 1999 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
MiRÓ PRE-EXHIBITION TALK and a visit of mirÓ exhibition
Exhibition talk and visit.
MONDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 11AM – 1PM
An excellent opportunity to get an insight into this wonderful Catalan surrealist artist and his works on show. Joan Miró's works can be seen in the first major retrospective exhibition Miro for nearly 50 years. Miró filled his paintings with luxuriant colour and worked in a rich variety of styles. The talk by experienced Tate lecturer Linda Smith will be followed by a visit of the show at 12 pm. Please book by 24 August.
The Procuress, The Samuel Courtauld Trust
The Procuress - TALK
THE COURTAULD GALLERY
WEDNESDAY 17 AUGUST 5-5.30PM
The first event of our new series is a talk on The Procuress by Dr Caroline Campbell, Schroder Foundation Curator of Paintings, on 17 August at 5pm in The Courtauld Gallery. The Procuress was the subject of a BBC television programme, Fake or Fortune (shown July 2011), with Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce. During this programme you would be able to find out whether The Courtauld owns the original The Procuress by Dirck van Baburen (c. 1595 – 1624) or a copy by the Dutch master art-forger Han van Meegeren (1889 – 1947), who worked in The Netherlands in the mid 20th century until his conviction and death in 1947. If you have seen the programme, come and see the painting in question; if you have not seen the programme, come and find out, whether our painting is a forgery or not.
SATURDAY 2 JULY MORNING VISIT
Private guided tour by Clementine Kerr, Courtauld alumna
Clementine Kerr, Courtauld alumna and Old Masters specialist, will give the Friends a private tour of the artworks during the preview days of the forthcoming sale of Old Masters in July 2011. She will show us what goes on behind-the-scenes in the hectic days before a major auction and how an art auction works. The picture on the left was auctioned by Christie's in 2006 and realised a sales price of £7.4m. The Courtauld Institute, during a comprehensive photographic survey of the collection at Knole, Kent in 1958-60, uncovered its importance while its final attribution was made by alumnus Aidan Weston-Lewis in 1990.
TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AND JANE AVRIL: BEYOND THE MOULIN ROUGE
WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE 3 - 4PM
Private View and curatorial tour by Dr Nancy Ireson, exhibition curator, followed by optional tea and cake
Jane Avril was not only an emblematic figure in Toulouse-Lautrec’s world of artists, dancers, cabaret actors, musicians and courtesans, she was also one of his closest friends. This exhibition is the first to celebrate their important creative collaboration and their remarkable creative partnership, and captures the excitement and spectacle of bohemian Paris.
THE COURTAULD GALLERY
THURSDAY 30 JUNE 5 - 9PM
Highlights Tour of refurbished Fine Rooms of The Courtauld Gallery followed by music, wine and nibbles
We are delighted to offer a highlights tour of our newly refurbished and re-hung Fine Rooms of The Courtauld Gallery and on the top floor Francis Bacon's Untitled which we have currently on loan, courtesy of Faggionato Fine Arts, London, by Ayla Lepine, Courtauld PhD student. Afterwards, as part of The Courtauld Late Night opening series, there will be live music with Courtauld experts holding talks on the Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril exhibition while downstairs drinks and nibbles will be available in the cash bar of The Courtauld Gallery Café till 9pm.
WEDNESDAY 18 MAY 10.30AM - 3PM
Guided tour and presentation of Treasures of Waddesdon Manor followed by lunch.
This is a guided tour of the ground floor of Waddesdon Manor followed by a presentation on its treasures. This renaissance-style château was built between 1874 and 1889 by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his outstanding collection of art treasures and to entertain the fashionable world. Highlights are their collection of French furniture and decorative arts (Sèvres porcelain) with superb English portraits and Dutch Old Masters. We will then have lunch and afterwards you will have ample opportunity to wander in the Victorian garden, with an aviary, considered one of the finest in Britain before taxis take us back to the station.
TUESDAY 5 APRIL 11AM - 3PM
Private guided tour of Strawberry Hill followed by optional lunch
Horace Walpole (1717 - 1797), son of Sir Robert, Britain's first Prime Minister, built Strawberry Hill to house his vast collection of treasures in the 18th century. Strawberry Hill is internationally famous as Britain’s finest example of Georgian Gothic revival architecture. After the tour you can have lunch in the Committee of Taste Café and/or walk around the glorious 18th century restored formal gardens.
FRIDAY 3 DECEMBER 11.30AM - 1PM
Guided tour of Kenwood House - The Iveagh Bequest collection followed by an optional lunch in the Brew House.
Kenwood House, an elegant villa remodelled by Robert Adam in the 18th century, houses a superb collection of paintings, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner and Gainsborough. We will have a guided tour of this magnificent collection including the famous Adam library with its beautiful friezes and grand colonnades.
RARE BOOKS COLLECTION
THE COURTAULD INSTITUTE OF ART BOOK LIBRARY
TUESDAY 9 NOVEMBER 6 - 7.30PM
Looking at the Special Collections of The Courtauld Book Library with Antony Hopkins, Kilfinan Librarian, Head of Book, Witt and Conway Libraries, followed by drinks.
Antony Hopkins will show us some of the very rare books that have been bequeathed to The Courtauld, often by former members of staff such as the late Director Professor Anthony Blunt. Noteworthy items include a copy of the first illustrated edition of Vasari's Le Vite (1568), Colen Campbell's Vitruvius Britannicus (1715) and Piranesi's Vedute di Roma (1748).
THE COURTAULD GALLERY
THURSDAY 25 NOVEMBER 5 - 9PM
Tour of the permanent collection rom 5 to 6pm at The Courtauld Gallery followed by music, wine and nibbles till 9pm.
We are delighted to offer once again a tour of some of the masterpieces of The Courtauld Gallery by a Courtauld expert. Afterwards, as part of The Courtauld Late Night opening series, there will be live music with Courtauld experts holding talks on the Cézanne exhibition while downstairs drinks and nibbles will be available in the cash bar of The Courtauld Gallery Café till 9pm.
FRIENDS 40TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
THE COURTAULD GALLERY
MONDAY 11 OCTOBER 6.30 - 8.30PM
Celebration of the the Friends 40th Anniversary in The Courtauld Gallery with live music, a roving Courtauld art quiz, short talks by Courtauld curators and academics in front of their favourite paintings and drinks and canapés all evening. Please see your separate invitation for more details or book using the enclosed booking form.
CEZANNE’S CARD PLAYERS PREVIEW
THE COURTAULD GALLERY
WEDNESDAY 20 OCTOBER 3 - 4PM
Preview and curatorial tour with Dr Barnaby Wright, The Daniel Katz Curator of 20th Century Art, followed by tea and cake in the Courtauld Café.
This landmark exhibition will be the first to bring together magnificent group of Cézanne’s closely related portraits of Provençal peasants and rarely seen preparatory oil sketches and drawings. The Courtauld Gallery’s two masterpieces from this series, The Card Players and Man with a Pipe, will be joined by exceptional loans to offer a visual feast of some of Cézanne’s finest paintings.
KEW GARDENS AND KEW PALACE
FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 11.15AM - 2.30PM
Guided tours of Kew Gardens and Palace with an optional lunch in the Orangery Restaurant.
Our visit will start with a guided tour of Kew Gardens exploring its magnificent landscapes, glasshouses, Orientalist Pagoda and Chambers’ Observatory. After lunch we will enjoy a guided tour of Kew Palace, once the home of George III, which gives a unique insight into life of the royal family at the time.
WEDNESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 11AM – 12PM
Guided visit of Banqueting House with Courtauld Senior Lecturer Dr Christine Stevenson followed by an optional lunch.
Dr Christine Stevenson will give us a guided tour of Banqueting House, an exquisite example of Inigo Jones’ English Palladian architecture. Not only is the architecture outstanding, inside the main hall’s ceiling is covered by one of Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpieces: The Union of the Crowns, The Apotheosis of James I and The Peaceful Reign of James I.
THE HENRY MOORE FOUNDATION AT PERRY GREEN
THURSDAY 13 MAY 10.45AM - 4PM
Private Guided Tour of Henry Moore’s former house, studio and sculpture garden.
This is a private guided tour of Perry Green, the estate of Henry and Irina Moore, comprising their fully restored former home and garden, the studios and an open air display of Moore’s sculptures in the gardens and fields.
Thursday 27 May at 3PM
Guided tour of the Temple Church by Professor David Park and The Rev. Robin Griffith-Jones, Master of The Temple
This is a private guided visit of the medieval Temple Church by Courtauld expert Professor David Park and The Rev. Robin Griffith-Jones, FSA. The tour will be followed by cream tea and strawberries in the Master’s garden adjacent to the Church.
THE JOHN MADEJSKI FINE ROOMS
THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS
TUESDAY 13 APRIL 2.30 – 4.30PM
Private guided tour by Dr Alero Thomas, docent at RA
The John Madejski Fine Rooms are the private rooms of the Royal Academy of Arts, displaying highlights from the Academy’s collection. These include ceiling paintings by Sebastiano Ricci and William Kent with oil paintings by Joshua Reynolds, John Constable and many others. Alero will also show us Michelangelo’s Tondo. We will have tea and cake afterwards.
HENRY MOORE: A PRIVATE VIEW
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
THURSDAY 28 APRIL 6 – 8PM
Lecture by Mrs Ann Garrould, alumna and niece of Henry Moore
Mrs Ann Garrould will give us a lecture ‘Henry Moore: A Private View’ on how it was to grow up in the company of one of Britain’s most important artists. The lecture will be followed by drinks in the foyer.
THE FOUNDLING MUSEUM
THURSDAY 4 MARCH 2 - 4PM
Guided tours by Robin Simon and Dr Julian Stallabrass
We are delighted that the eminent Hogarth expert Robin Simon, Courtauld alumnus and former governor of the museum, will give us a guided tour of this wonderful collection of William Hogarth’s and other paintings. Afterwards Dr Julian Stallabrass, Courtauld Reader and expert in contemporary and particularly 20th century British Art, will talk us through an exhibition of works by Brit Artists Tracey Emin, Tracey Shaw and Paula Rego. Afterwards we will have a cream tea in the café.
THE COURTAULD GALLERY
THURSDAY 25 MARCH 5PM
Tour of highlights of The Courtauld Gallery by Ayla Lepine, Courtauld PhD student
We are offering once again a tour of some of the masterpieces of The Courtauld Gallery. Afterwards there will be live music with Courtauld experts holding talks on the Michelangelo exhibition while downstairs drinks and nibbles will be available in the cash bar in The Courtauld Café till 9pm.
PRIVATE TOUR OF THE BARING ASSET MANAGEMENT COLLECTION OF ART
THURSDAY 4 FEBRUARY 6 – 8PM
Private View and curatorial tour by John Birdwood, expert of the Baring’s Art collection, followed by drinks and canapés
The Baring’s Art Collection was established in the late 1980s when Baring Asset Management moved to their new offices at Bishopsgate. The Collection consists of works by British artists such as Benjamin Creme. Most of the collection is housed at Bishopsgate with other works in their offices around the world. John Birdwood is an expert of this collection and will give us a guided tour. Afterwards we will have drinks and canapés in the offices.
The Dream of Human Life (Il Sogno), c1533
THE COURTAULD GALLERY
WEDNESDAY 17 FEBRUARY 3 – 5PM
Private View and curatorial tour by Dr Stephany Buck, Curator of Drawings, followed by tea and cake in The Courtauld Cafe
Michelangelo’s Dream of Human Life is one of the finest of all Italian Renaissance drawings and is amongst The Courtauld's greatest treasures. Executed at the height of the artist’s career, this magnificent work exemplifies Michelangelo’s unrivalled skill as draughtsman and his extraordinary powers of invention. This exhibition will explore the making and meaning of this celebrated drawing in the context of closely related works by Michelangelo and his contemporaries. A rarely seen group of letters and poems by Michelangelo will shed further light on this Renaissance masterpiece in what promises to be one of the most enthralling exhibitions of the year.
Vincent Van Gogh (1853-90), Self-Portrai
t with Bandaged Ear, 1889,
© The Samuel Courtauld Trust
READING VAN GOGh
KENNETH CLARK LECTURE THEATRE
WEDNESDAY 24 FEBRUARY 6.30 – 8.30PM
Lecture by Professor John House
We are delighted that Professor John House, expert on French Painting and Impressionism, will be giving us a lecture on the letters written by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) which provide an insight into the complex mind of this great artist. These letters are the subject of a major forthcoming exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts: The Real Van Gogh: the Artist and His Letters. The lecture will be followed by drinks in the foyer.
St Mary le Strand
THURSDAY 3 DECEMBER 5PM
Please join the staff and students of The Courtauld for our annual Christmas carol service at our local church of St Mary le Strand. This wonderful church was built by James Gibbs in 1711. The carol service will be followed by drinks at TheCourtauld
Samson Slaying The Phillistine (detail) by Giovanni Bologna (Giambologna), Italy, 1500-1550. Image © V&A
NEW MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE GALLERIES AT THE VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM
FRIDAY 27 NOVEMBER 11.30AM – 12.30PM
Curatorial talk and viewing of the new Medieval and Renaissance Galleries at the V&A followed by refreshments in the V&A Members’ Room.
Kensington Palace, with its magnificent paintings by William Kent (1685-1748), was rebuilt under George I by William Benson replacing Sir Christopher Wren in 1718. We will have a behind the scenes look at treasures from the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection including clothing worn at the coronation of George IV, 18th century court dress and the superb tailoring worn by Edward VIII. We will also see highlights such as Queen Victoria’s bedroom, The King’s staircase, The Last Debutantes exhibition and much more. Afterwards we hope you will join The Friends for a light lunch in The Orangery Restaurant.
Marianne Fox Ockinga at work in Olympic Stadium, 2009
AUERBACH WALKING TOUR AND STUDIO VISIT
SATURDAY 21 NOVEMBER 11AM -1.30PM
Guided walk with Matthew Sturgis, Sickert expert, in Camden followed by a visit to the Studio of artist Marianne Fox Ockinga and optional lunch
Matthew Sturgis took on a guided tour of some of the sites from Auerbach’s London paintings, notably around Camden such as the Regent’s Park Housing Estate. After visiting St Pancras International, as redesigned by Foster and Partners earlier this decade, we took a short bus ride to the Islington Studio of the Dutch artist Marian Fox Ockinga, famous for her industrial landscapes and frequent RA summer exhibitionist. She has been the ‘artist-in-residence’ on major building sites around London: The Emirates and Wembley stadia, the St Pancras/Kings Cross area and currently the Olympic Stadium. Marianne talked about her work and over drinks and nibbles while afterwards Friends we discussed our impressions in a local Islington pub (optional).
Middle Temple Hall, 1896 MIddLE TEMPLE HALL including Lunch
WEDNESDAY 11 NOVEMBER 11.15AM – 2PM
Private guided tour by Robert Hradsky, Courtauld PhD student and specialist in the Inns of Court, of the Middle Temple Hall, followed by lunch
We will receive a private guided tour by Robert Hradsky of the finest Elizabethan building in central London. The Middle Temple and the other three Inns of Court were established in the 16th century while the current Middle Temple Hall was built between 1562 and 1572 with its distinctive double hammer-beam roof. It has a very famous history and was even used as a theatre hosting the first night of The Twelfth Night by Shakespeare in 1602. Measuring 101 by 41 feet and its high table made of 29 feet planks of a single oak, it is the place where the bench, bar and students still have their lunches and dinners in term time and the Friends are delighted to be joining them.
Pieter Brueghel the Elder (c. 1525-69), Landscape with Flight into Egypt (detail), 1563 © Samuel Courtauld Trust WELCOME TOUR
THE COURTAULD GALLERY*
THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER 5-9PM
Tour of the permanent collection will be from 5 to 6pm at The Courtauld Gallery remains open till 9pm
We are delighted to offer once again a tour of some of the masterpieces of the Courtauld Gallery by a Courtauld expert. To make the experience even more delightful this tour will be followed by some light music in The Gallery while there will be drinks and nibbles available in the cash bar in The Courtauld Café till 9pm in the evening. In addition Courtauld experts will hold talks on the Auerbach exhibition, just in case you were unable to come to the Friends’ Private View and curatorial tour. Please bring a friend to what promises to be a wonderful evening event.
Frank Auerbach (born 1931), Maples Demolition Site, 1960, Leeds City Art Gallery Private View
FRANK AUERBACH: LONDON BUILDING SITES 1952-62
THE COURTAULD GALLERY*
THURSDAY 15 OCTOBER 3-5PM
Private View and curatorial tour by Dr Barnaby Wright, The Daniel Katz Curator of 20TH Century Art, followed by tea and cake in the Courtauld Common Room
This will be the first exhibition to bring together the seminal group of paintings of London building sites by Frank Auerbach (born 1931). These extraordinary paintings are among the most important contributions to post-war painting in Britain. Fascinated by the post-war rebuilding of London, Auerbach combed the city’s numerous building sites with his sketchbook in hand. He visited major sites such as St Paul’s, Oxford Street, the Regent’s Park Housing Estate, Leicester Square and the Shell Building on the South Bank. Drawing on public and private collections nationally and internationally, the exhibition charts the early development of Auerbach’s remarkable approach to painting, for which he is celebrated as one of Britain’s greatest living artists.
46 Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury BLOOMSBURY WALK
Saturday 12 September, 11AM – 1PM
Guided walk with Anna Fenn, alumna and blue badge guide, in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, followed by lunch (optional) in local pub
Bloomsbury is notable for its array of garden squares and its connections with the writers and painters, commonly known as The Bloomsbury Group. Courtauld alumna, Anna Fee, will guide us through the area where members like Clive Bell, David Garnett, Virginia and Leonard Woolf, E.M. Forster, Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry used to live.
Anish Kapoor and Damien Hirst PRIVATE TOUR OF THE DEUTSCHE BANK COLLECTION
Wednesday 1 July, 6 – 8pm
Private Curator Tour of the permanent collection followed by drinks
Due to huge demand we are again offering a Curatorial Tour of the permanent collection of Deutsche Bank in London. Deutsche Bank owns around 53,000 works of art making it the largest corporate art collection in the world. As well as some large sculptures and canvasses in the reception area by Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Tony Cragg and James Rosenquist, the collection concentrates on contemporary works on paper, from 1960 to the present day, and also includes photographic works and prints. The aim of the collection is to support young and often unknown artists and their galleries, and to give staff and visitors the opportunity to encounter contemporary art outside museums and galleries.
DESIGNS OF THE OMEGA WORKSHOPS 1913-19
The Courtauld Gallery
Wednesday 17 June, 3 – 4PM
Lead Supporter – The Friends of The Courtauld
Private View and Guided Tour by Dr Alexandra Gerstein, Curator for Sculpture and Decorative Arts, followed by tea and cake in The Courtauld Common Room
Friends will have the opportunity to explore this exhibition in a small group before it is open to the public, and hear more about the art from the Curator. Established in 1913, the Omega Workshops were an experimental design cooperative, whose members included Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and other artists of the Bloomsbury Group. The Workshops were a laboratory of radical design ideas, creating a range of objects for the home, from rugs and linens to ceramics, furniture and clothing – all boldly coloured and patterned with dynamic abstract designs. The exhibition will draw from The Courtauld Gallery’s holdings of over 100 rarely seen Omega Workshops design drawings, reuniting them with associated textiles and other objects from major museums and private collections to explore the group’s experimental style and working process.
Saturday 6 June, 11.45am – 4pm
Guided Tour of Charleston House followed by lunch and a garden visit
In advance of our own exhibition, Beyond Bloomsbury: Designs of the Omega Workshops 1913-19, the Friends will visit Charleston House in Sussex. In 1919, the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant moved here, and over the following half century Charleston became the country meeting place for the group of artists, writers and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group: Clive Bell, David Garnett, Virginia & Leonard Woolf, E.M. Forster, Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry. The artists decorated the walls, doors and furniture of the house. After lunch in the café we will have time to explore the walled garden which has been redesigned in a style reminiscent of southern Europe, with mosaics, box hedges, gravel pathways and ponds.
The Courtauld Gallery
Saturday 16 May , 11am – 12pm
Tour of the permanent collection at The Courtauld Gallery followed by lunch
We are delighted to offer a tour of the masterpieces of The Courtauld Gallery by a Courtauld expert. It is especially intended for new Friends to get more closely acquainted with our collection, but all Friends are welcome to attend and enjoy a closer look at old favourites.
LECTURE ON IMPERIAL DOWRIES IN RUSSIA
Kenneth Clark Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Wednesday 29 April, 6.30 – 8.30pm
It is with great regret that we have to cancel this lecture by Professor Alexei Leporc, curator at The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, due to unavoidable changes to his travel schedule. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
OPERA ERMIONE BY OPERA RARA
Royal Festival Hall
Saturday 28 March, 2 – 5pm
Open rehearsal of Rossini’s Ermione performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Not only did Samuel Courtauld found The Courtauld, but he also helped found the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) – both in 1932! In recognition of this relationship, we are very pleased to offer our Friends the chance to attend an open rehearsal performance of the opera Ermione by Gioachino Rossini performed by the LPO. Rossini’s opera is based on Racine's classic play about the widow of the Trojan hero Hector. The performance will be will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.
AnNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE FRIENDS OF THE COURTAUld
Seminar Room 4, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Thursday 12 March, 6.30pm
Please join us for a review of the year and discussion of future plans for the Friends of The Courtauld whilst enjoying a glass of wine. All Friends welcome. If you would like to attend, please RSVP on the booking form.
The Homilies of Monk James Kokkinobaphos, 1100–1150 LECTURE ON BYZANTIUM 330-1453
Kenneth Clark Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Thursday 26 February, 6 – 8pm
Lecture on the Byzantium 330-1453 exhibition by Robin Cormack, Emeritus Professor of The Courtauld, followed by drinks in the foyer
Robin Cormack, consultant on the Byzantium 330-1453 exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts will talk to Friends about the splendours of the Byzantine Empire, from the foundation of Constantinople in 330 AD by the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, to the capture of the city by the Ottoman forces of Mehmed II in 1453.
The Master of Marradi, The Reconciliation of the Romans and the Sabines, c. 1470-80 © Harewood House Trust, Harewood House, Yorkshire LOVE AND MARRIAGE IN RENAISSANCE FLORENCE: THE COURTAULD WEDDING CHESTS
The Courtauld Gallery
Wednesday 11 February, 3 – 4pm
Private View and Guided Tour by Dr Caroline Campbell, Schroder Foundation Curator of Paintings, followed by tea and cake in The Courtauld Common Room
Friends will have the opportunity to explore the exhibition in a small group before it is open to the public, and hear more about the art from the Curator. The exhibition is focused around two of The Courtauld’s treasures: the pair of chests ordered in 1472 by the Florentine Lorenzo Morelli to celebrate his marriage with Vaggia Nerli. Lavishly decorated, these chests were commissioned to celebrate marriage alliances between powerful families. Their painted panels tell tales and history from ancient Greece, Rome and Palestine, as well as from Florentine literature and more recent history.
The Deutsche Bank Collection at Winchester House
PRIVATE TOUR OF THE DEUTSCHE BANK COLLECTION
Wednesday 21 January, 6 – 8pm
Private curator tour of the permanent collection followed by drinks
Deutsche Bank owns around 53,000 works of art making it the largest corporate art collection in the world. As well as some large sculptures and canvases in the reception area by Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Tony Cragg and James Rosenqust, the collection concentrates on contemporary works on paper, from 1960 to the present day and also includes photographic works and prints. The aim of the collection is to support young and often unknown artists and their galleries, and to give staff and visitors the opportunity to encounter contemporary art outside museums and galleries.
Georges Seurat Young Woman Powdering Herself, c.1888-90 © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
WELCOME TOUR OF THE COURTAULD GALLERY
Saturday 15 November 11am – 12pm
Friends were given a tour of some of the masterpieces of The Courtauld Gallery by alumna and Courtauld expert Dr Piola Massarotto.
JMW Turner Dawn after the Wreck, c.1841 © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
PATHS TO FAME: TURNER WATERCOLOURS FROM THE COURTAULD
Sponsored by The Bank of New York Mellon
The Courtauld Gallery, Wednesday 29 October 3 – 4pm
Friends enjoyed a Private View and guided tour by Dr Joanna Selborne, Curator of Prints followed by tea and cake in The Common Room
PETWORTH HOUSE: TURNER WATERCOLOURS AND CAPABILITY BROWN GARDENS
Saturday 25 October 10am – 5pm
In conjunction with our own Turner exhibition, we arranged a special Turner tour at Petworth House by Collections Curator Josephine Barry. Turner was hugely inspired by the surrounding wonderful landscape at Petworth House and the highlight of the visit was the collection of Turner paintings specially commissioned for the Carved Room. After lunch we explored the Capability Brown landscaped gardens.
Mark Rothko Red on Maroon, 1959 © Tate, London 2008
Morning Private view of rothko
Tate Modern, Friday 10 October 9 – 10am
We were privileged to have Achim Borchardt-Hume, Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art at Tate Modern, guiding us through Tate Modern’s new exhibition Rothko. The 1958-59 ‘Seagram’ murals formed one of the focal points for the exhibition, uniting for the very first time the nine murals in Tate's Collection with a selection of their counterparts from Japan and Washington.
Other works shown included Rothko's stunning Black-Form paintings which closely relate to the Rothko Chapel at Houston, his large-scale Brown and Gray works on paper and his final series of Black on Gray paintings on canvas.
The Queen's House and Old Royal Naval College (Greenwich Tourism)
greenwich architectural walk
Greenwich, Sunday 7 September 2-4pm
The Friends enjoyed an architectural walk round Greenwich which began with lunch in the Greenwich Union. Dr Lucy Jessop, Courtauld alumna and architectural historian, led the two hour walk exploring the history of the royal palace site and its development under William and Mary into The Royal Hospital for Seamen. Friends also visited the remaining parts of the palace built by Inigo Jones for the early Stuarts and by John Webb for King Charles II.
Paul Cézanne, Montagne Sainte-Victoire (detail) c. 1887
The Courtauld Gallery, Wednesday 25 June 3-4pm
Private View and Guided Tour followed by tea in The Gallery Café. This exhibition presented the Courtauld’s entire collection for the first time with major paintings such as the iconic Montagne Sainte-Victoire (1887) shown alongside rarely seen drawings and watercolours. Dr Barnaby Wright, Curator of Paintings, gave Friends a guided tour of this fabulous exhibition.
Cassone panel - Siege of Carthage and the Continence of Scipio c.1450
THE CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Wednesday 7 May 6-7.30pm
Graeme Barraclough, Head of The Courtauld Gallery Conservation, gave Friends an exclusive tour and talk on his current projects. These included the technical examination of a fifteenth century Italian cassone panel Siege of Carthage and the Continence of Scipio.
Raphael, Study for the Phrygian Sibyl, (detail) a drawing, Italy, about AD 1511-12 © Trustees of the British Museum
THE BRITISH MUSEUM
The Prints and Drawings Room, Wednesday 30 April
Dr Anthony Griffiths, Courtauld alumnus
and keeper of the prints and drawings at
the British Museum gave the Friends
an exclusive talk on the workings of the
Prints and Drawings Room at the British
Museum, which houses one of the top
three collections of its kind in the world.
Henri Rousseau, Toll gate c1890
THE COURTAULD GALLERY
Saturday 26 April 11am-12pm
Friends were welcomed onto a tour of some of the masterpieces of the Courtauld Gallery. This was an opportunity for both existing and new Friends to get more closely acquainted with our collections.
Philip Jackson, Don Ottavio (detail), 1992 Bronze, © Philip Jackson
EAST WING COLLECTION ON TIME
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Tuesday 18 March 6.15-8pm
Private View and Guided Tour of On Time, the 8th East Wing Collection, which has been curated by current Courtauld students. The exhibition explores notions of time with innovative approaches to traditional media. Click here for more information.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE FRIENDS OF THE COURTAULD
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Tueday 4 March 4.15-5pm
Friends joined us for a review of the year and discussion of future plans for the Friends.
THE COURTAULD'S SILVER COLLECTION
The Courtauld Gallery, Tuesday 4 March 3-4pm
Curatorial Discussion on The Courtauld Silver Collection
The magnificent and important collection of silver on display in The Courtauld Gallery represents silver designed and made by three successive generations of the Courtauld family: Augustin Courtauld (1685/6-1751), his son Samuel (1720-1765) and Samuel’s widow Louisa (c.1730-1807). These brilliant pieces of silver vary from domestic objects to so called ‘objets de vitrine’. Dr Alexandra Gerstein, Courtauld Curator for Sculpture and Decorative Arts discussed the provenance and the craftsmanship involved in this unique silver collection.
Single-Register Diptych: Nativity with Annunciation to the Shepherds, and Last Judgement, Paris, c. 1300 or 1325-50 © Thomson Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
MEDIEVAL IVORIES FROM THE THOMSON COLLECTION
The Courtauld Gallery,
Tuesday 26 February 3-4pm
The Courtauld's Professor John Lowden spoke to the Friends about some of the finest medieval ivories from the Kenneth Thomson collection. These included large and small statuettes of the Virgin and Child and diptychs and triptychs with scenes from the life of Christ carved in relief. It was also a unique opportunity to see and hear more about the astonishing Nativity and Last Judgement diptych. This diptych had just been established, through carbon-14 dating, to be of the 12th or 13th century. A discovery which was a direct result of research by Professor Lowden.
Pierre-August Renoir La Loge (The Theatre Box), 1874 © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, London
RENOIR AT THE THEATRE: LOOKING AT LA LOGE
The Courtauld Gallery,
Wednesday 20 February 3-4pm
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s La Loge (The Theatre Box), 1874, is a masterpiece of Impressionist painting and one of the most famous works in The Courtauld Gallery’s collection. The exhibition united this exceptional picture with Renoir’s other paintings of elegant Parisians on display in their loges. As part of the guided tour, Dr Ernst Vegelin, Head of The Courtauld Gallery, explored aspects of theatre painting, contemporary fashion and caricatures in Paris at the time.