Gainsborough's House in Sudbury loans paintings to Russian art museum to launch new exhibition partnership
Dozens of artworks by Thomas Gainsborough have been sent overseas for the first time in decades, in an exhibition partnership that will see famous works sent to Sudbury when the new national centre launches.
Gainsborough’s House, which closed earlier this year to allow for major redevelopment work, has begun a collaboration with Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, by sending 63 paintings by Sudbury’s most famous son abroad for their first exhibition in Russia, which began this month.
The works have been loaned out while the gallery in Gainsborough Street undergoes a £9 million regeneration into a new National Centre for Thomas Gainsborough, which is expected to open in 2021.
As part of the new partnership, the Pushkin Museum in Russia will provide a range of works from its French collection, by artists such as Corot, Sisley and Monet, to be featured in Sudbury some time in 2022.
Mark Bills, director of Gainsborough’s House, said: “The response to the works by Gainsborough has been phenomenal, with enormous interest in the Sudbury-born artist, clearly demonstrating his international importance and appeal.
“It was really very moving to see the crowds of people in Russia showing such interest for Gainsborough. It is being greatly enjoyed.
“I cannot wait to see some of their masterpieces come to Sudbury in 2022.
“We know that the British public will respond with the same enthusiasm.”
The Gainsborough’s House Society says the new national centre will also be able to hold other large-scale exhibitions and events, which it added would serve as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of Sudbury.
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