Yale Center for British Art – closed for renovations (2024)

The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) is temporarily closed to implement the next phase of conservation of its iconic modernist building, designed by Louis I. Kahn (1901–1974). The project will focus on exterior improvements, including the replacement of the museum’s roof and skylights, as well as significant upgrades to the gallery lighting system. The YCBA will reopen in 2025 with a reconceived installation of its collection.

The Yale Center for British Art houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, featuring over 2,000 paintings, 250 sculptures, 20,000 drawings and watercolors, and 40,000 prints. The center offers visitors the opportunity to explore centuries of British artistic achievement, from the Elizabethan era to the present day.

The collection includes works by renowned painters such as J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, Joshua Reynolds, and George Stubbs. The sculpture collection features sculptures by artists such as Sir Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, and Alfred Gilbert. The drawings and watercolors collection includes works by William Blake, John Singer Sargent, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Sir Edwin Landseer. The print collection offers an overview of British printmaking from the Renaissance to the present day. The collection of rare books, manuscripts, and archival materials includes literary works by authors such as William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Virginia Woolf. The center also features modern and contemporary British art.

Designed by renowned architect Louis Kahn, the center is celebrated as one of Kahn’s masterpieces and a landmark of modern architecture. Admission to the center is free for all visitors, reflecting its commitment to accessibility and inclusivity. The center aims to promote the appreciation and study of British art and culture in an inspiring environment.

Image credit: Long Gallery, fourth floor, Yale Center for British Art, photograph by Richard Caspole


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