Exhibitions & DISPLAYS

Future exhibitions & DisplayS


Helena's huyck

The Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery Display

3 April – 12 April 2015



Peter Paul Rubens married Helena Fourment, the sixteen-year-old daughter of an Antwerp silk merchant, in December 1630.


In this stunning drawing he celebrates the beauty of his young wife by showing her near life size in a splendid costume which includes a striking headdress known as a huyck.


This display focusses on Helena’s exquisite portrait with its cutting-edge fashion detail.



Renaissance Modern

The Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery Display

22 April – 7 June 2015




A collaboration between students from both The Courtauld Institute of Art and the University of Manchester, this display focuses on 16th century draughtsmanship in Italy and Northern Europe.


It explores those aspects of Renaissance drawing that were deliberately new or ‘modern’ in  subject matter, style and approach.




Unfinished… Works from The Courtauld Gallery   

Summer Showcase Special Display           

18 June – 20 September 2015



This year’s Summer Showcase Special Display will bring together paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century that have all been described as unfinished.


While some were clearly abandoned by the artist and provide an insight into the artistic process, others occupy a more ambiguous territory where there is a clash between the artist’s intention and public reception.


These works will allow us to explore what it means for an artist to consider a work as finished, and what happens when critics disagree.


A final category explores the deliberate use of a loose, seemingly unfinished style by artists to express a certain agility and grace in the handling of the medium.




soaring flight: Peter Lanyon's gliding paintings

15 October 2015 – 17 January 2016


This major exhibition explores a remarkable and unprecedented series of paintings by Peter Lanyon, one of Britain’s most important and original Post-War artists.


Lanyon (1918-64) sought to create a new vision of landscape painting for the modern era that could express both sensory experience and a profound understanding of our fragile existence within the world.


During the 1950s, he produced radical, near-abstract paintings of the tough coastal landscape of his native West Cornwall inspired by his experience of gliding, this series will be showcased in a major retrospective at The Courtauld this autumn.



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