Courtauld Institute sets its sights on £50m revamp

Two-year transformation, starting next summer, will open up the London gallery’s historic Great Room
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The Courtauld Institute of Art is to close its prestigious gallery for at least two years next summer, as it embarks on a £50m redevelopment. A highlight of the project will be opening up the Great Room to provide a dramatic space for Samuel Courtauld’s collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, which includes Edouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1882) and Paul Gauguin’s Nevermore (1897). The historic room, which housed the summer exhibitions of the Royal Academy of Arts until 1837, is London’s earliest surviving purpose-built art gallery.