The first-ever exhibition of Van Gogh’s self-portraits spanning his career and a significant collection of paintings by Edvard Munch, shown in the UK for the first time, will be the highlights of the newly reopened Courtauld Gallery’s 2022 exhibition programme.
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The exhibition Edvard Munch: Masterpieces from Bergen, opening 27 May 2022, will feature 18 seminal works on loan from KODE art museums, Bergen, presented together for the first time outside of Norway. It will be the second major loan exhibition in The Courtauld’s new Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries and the second in the new Morgan Stanley Series of high-profile temporary exhibitions at The Courtauld, following on from Van Gogh. Self-Portraits (3 February – 8 May 2022).
The 2022 programme of temporary exhibitions at The Courtauld Gallery will include an exhibition of drawings by Henry Fuseli, one of 18th-century Europe’s most original and eccentric artists, as well as displays in the Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery of works by the Renaissance draughtsman and painter Parmigianino, and little-known Vorticist artist Helen Saunders.
Van Gogh. Self-Portraits 3 February – 8 May 2022 (tickets on sale now) Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries
The first-ever exhibition devoted to Vincent van Gogh’s self-portraits across his entire career will take place at The Courtauld Gallery, opening on 3 February 2022. The exhibition takes Van Gogh’s iconic Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear as its springboard, one of the most celebrated works in The Courtauld collection. In addition, it will bring together around half of the self-portraits Van Gogh created during his career.
An outstanding selection of more than 15 self-portraits will be brought together to trace the evolution of Van Gogh’s self-representation, from his early Self-Portrait with a Dark Felt Hat, created in 1886 during his formative period in Paris, to Self-Portrait with a Palette, painted at the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in September 1889, one of his last self-portraits before his death in 1890. Van Gogh was a prolific practitioner of self-portraiture. His appearance is instantly recognisable, with his defined features, bright red hair and piercing gaze. Curated by Dr Karen Serres, Curator of Paintings at The Courtauld, Van Gogh. Self-Portraits will explore the myriad ways Van Gogh approached one of his most enduring subjects.
The exhibition will showcase masterpieces from significant international collections, including the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the National Gallery, London. In addition, several works in the exhibition were last together in Van Gogh’s studio and have never been reunited until now.
Edvard Munch: Masterpieces from Bergen 27 May – 5 September 2022 (tickets on sale Spring 2022) Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries
A significant collection of works by Edvard Munch will be shown in the UK for the first time at The Courtauld Gallery. Edvard Munch: Masterpieces from Bergen will run from 27 May – 5 September 2022 and is part of a partnership between The Courtauld and KODE art museums in Bergen, Norway. KODE in Bergen is home to one of the most critical Munch collections globally, initially assembled in the early 20th century by Norwegian industrialist Rasmus Meyer (1858 – 1916). He collected Munch’s work during the artist’s lifetime.
The exhibition will bring together some 18 paintings from this collection – the first time a comprehensive group of works from the collection has been seen outside Norway. It will begin with seminal early examples of Munch’s ‘realist’ period of the 1880s which launched his career, such as Morning (1884) and Summer Night (1889), a pivotal work that reflects the artist’s move towards the expressive and psychologically charged work for which he became famous. These works set the stage for the highly expressive paintings of the 1890s, including great canvases from Munch’s famous Frieze of Life series, which tackled profound themes of human existence through visceral depictions of the human psyche, such as Evening on Karl Johan (1892), Melancholy (1894-96) and At the Death Bed (1895). The Courtauld’s permanent collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces, on display in the newly refurbished LVMH Great Room, will provide a rich context for the exhibition, revealing some of the artistic inspirations Munch encountered during his experimental years in Paris from 1889 – 1892, where he discovered the modern styles of Gauguin, Toulouse Lautrec and Van Gogh.