London’s National Gallery has revealed plans for its ‘NG200′ initiative to mark the institution’s bicentenary in 2024. Among the proposals up for public consultation are plans by Selldorf Architects to remodel parts of the Sainsbury’s wing of the museum and work on a new research center and “Members’ House” in the Wilkins Building, all with the aim of “sustaining the gallery” for the next 200 years.
In a statement, National Gallery director Gabriele Finaldi said: “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 continued: “With millions of visitors each year, it is essential to sustain 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 Selldorf, Founder of Selldorf Architects, said: “The entire design team has 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 experience. and inclusive 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.
Commitment information can be found here.