The National Gallery announces plans for a year-long festival to celebrate the bicentennial.


The National Gallery has announced plans to celebrate 200 years with a year-round festival of “art, creativity and imagination”.

The Trafalgar Square Art Gallery was founded in 1824 and contains a collection of more than 2,300 paintings from the 13th and 20th centuries.

On May 10, 2024, the National Gallery will celebrate its bicentennial and commemorate the occasion with the NG200 – a wide range of events and exhibitions.

The events will spread across the UK and beyond, with simultaneous exhibitions in galleries across the country and various online and virtual events around the world.

National Gallery to Celebrate 200 Years in 2024 (Ian West / PA) / PA Wire

As part of the NG200, which will focus on “bringing people and paintings together”, 12 simultaneous exhibitions will open on 10 May 2024 in 12 museums and galleries in four UK countries. Each exhibition will revolve around a “national treasure.”

According to the gallery, more than half of the UK’s population will be within an hour’s drive of the National Gallery masterpiece.

The NG200 Art Road Trip will also feature two Traveling Art Studios touring the UK throughout 2024, bringing National Gallery workshops and learning activities to up to 200 communities that would otherwise not be accessible.

Globally, NG200 will also see collaboration between 200 social media creators from across the UK to help celebrate the gallery’s bicentennial.

The program will give access to gallery works, with NG200: 200 paintings for 200 years, opening the door to a full history of 200 paintings, which will be digitally available.

The National Gallery building in London’s Trafalgar Square will host private events as part of the festivities.

The square will feature a festival in Trafalgar Square in the summer, with and for children, young people and their families.

Van Gogh’s Sunflower, painted in 1888, is one of the most recognizable works in the National Gallery (The National Gallery, London / PA).

There will also be an exhibition of Van Gogh, featuring some of the artist’s most beloved and influential works, as well as paintings from private collections that have never been seen in public.

The exhibition is exactly 100 years after Van Gogh’s chair and sunflowers were obtained from the National Gallery – both were painted in 1888.

The gallery building will undergo a number of modifications in an attempt to provide a more impressive and sustainable experience for the gallery, with a new Members’ House and a new research center, with a change in the entrance and public sphere of the Sainsbury’s Wing. Visitors

The main event of the NG200 celebrations will be a re-display of the entire collection of the National Gallery, which will focus viewers with a new emphasis on thematic display and “artistic dialogue”.

The total cost of the NG200 is £ 95 million, and National Gallery has confirmed that it already has £ 50 million in pledges from several of the gallery’s leading supporters and trusts.

Dr. Gabriel Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, said: “The National Gallery is the gallery of the nation, and we are committed to believing in the transformational nature of art and a vital resource for learning, enjoying and being healthy.

“While our physical presence is in London, our audience comes from all over the country and the world.

“The NG200 Project Gallery will celebrate its bicentennial, with inspiring and diverse nationwide programming and investment projects.”

The Secretary of Culture, Nadine Doris, added: “The National Gallery is one of the most important cultural institutions in the world and a center of British artistic heritage.

“I am delighted that the museum, which is publicly funded, will mark this important occasion by sharing some of its best work with communities across the UK so that people can see the magnificent collection on their doorstep. . “