Bad news art lovers, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the world’s largest portrait gallery, is going to close for three years for a refurbishment. So, if you’re in the area and want to check out this world class collection, you have until the 29th of June 2020.
The refurbishment will include the whole building, with new public spaces and visitor entrance just the beginning for this project.
But all is not lost. During the three year rebuild, all the art will be traveling around the UK. Some 300 portraits will tour the country, many of which are rarely loaned to other museums, making this a real treat for art lovers across the UK.
Some of the planned exhibitions include a partnership with the York Art Gallery in 2021 and a display of Tudor portraits at the Holburne Museum in Bath in 2022. So far, exhibitions are planned for the National Museums Liverpool, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, with other venues clamouring to be included. The gallery’s existing ‘Coming Home’ programme, which sees portraits of iconic subjects travelling to the places most associated with them, will continue throughout the refurbishment.
So, if you can’t get in before the National Portrait Gallery closes for the next three years, you’ll still be able to get your art fix.