London’s National Gallery announces bicentenary redesign

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the national gallery in London revealed details of the NG200 Initiative, which marks the 200th anniversary of the Museum in 2024.

Gabrielle Finaldi (Director, National Gallery), said in a detailed statement: “Covid-19 has had a catastrophic impact on the arts and culture sector. As we move beyond the pandemic, it is essential that we build on our strengths and respond to challenges and opportunities. At the base of these proposals is a concrete desire to lay the foundations for the future of the Gallery, by consolidating our role as a national art gallery.

He added : “With millions of visitors each year, it is essential to future-proof our buildings and reinvigorate the public realm that immediately surrounds them. We are excited to launch the first stage of public consultation and welcome feedback on these early concept designs..” Annabelle Selldorfthe founder of Selldorf Architects, also added: “The entire design team worked very hard alongside the National Gallery to develop a brief that celebrates the historic setting of the Gallery, while providing a better, more welcoming and inclusive experience for visitors. The development of a new, truly accessible research center open to anyone interested in studying and learning more about art, as well as opening up ground floor spaces and bringing in more light in the Sainsbury’s Wing, are prime examples.

Selldorf Architects are one of the companies that have submitted proposals regarding the redesign of the gallery by its bicentenary. The particular proposal concerns the remodeling of the Sainsbury’s wing in the gallery and the construction of a new research centre. The overall objective is to update the gallery and prepare it for the “next 200 years”.

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The National Gallery was opened in 1824 by the British government. Unlike many other important galleries of the time, it was not created by nationalizing a private museum. Instead, it was built to house the 38 paintings the government acquired from the heirs of John Julius Angerstein

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