THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
One of the world's great galleries, The National Gallery in London has chosen a team led by New York City based Selldorf Architects to work on NG200, a suite of projects to mark its Bicentenary.
Selldorf Architects has a great deal of experience in the arts and culture sector across the UK, Europe, and of course the United States. Its client base includes The Frick Collection, Luma Arles, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Neue Galerie New York, the Clark Art Institute, David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, Frieze Masters, and the Venice Art Biennale among others. Purcell, Vogt Landscape, Arup, AEA Consulting, Pentagram, Kaizen and Kendrick Hobbs are also part of the NG200 team.
The first phase of works to the Gallery's Trafalgar Square buildings are aimed at improving the welcome it gives to its millions of visitors each year, and includes remodelling parts of the Sainsbury Wing and other public areas. There will also be a new Research Centre. Phase one will be completed in 2024, the Gallery's 200th birthday.
The Bicentenary celebrations will also feature a program of exhibitions and outreach plus digital engagement as the Gallery engages the whole of the UK and beyond with its collection, showing that it is at the heart of national life.
Annabelle Selldorf, who founded her 65-person architectural design in 1988, said: "It is an honour to be appointed to work alongside the National Gallery on its NG200 project. This is a significant opportunity for an iconic cultural institution to reflect on its ambitions for the future and drive forwards an innovative, bespoke brief that befits its many visitors. The National Gallery is home to one of the most exceptional collections of art in the world and has often led the way for other institutions globally. Our team will work sensitively and thoughtfully with the National Gallery, guided by its vision for a Gallery of the future that is inspiring, sustainable, and truly inclusive."