Art | August 17, 2020 6:00 am

Buckingham Palace Art Collection Gets Gallery Show

A unique solution to a logistical dilemma

Queen's Gallery
Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.
Wei-Te Wong/Creative Commons

What happens when one of the most famous buildings in Europe undergoes a major renovation? One of the side effects of the current renovation of Buckingham Palace is a piece of news that may well amaze those with a penchant for art. Buckingham Palace, you see, has an impressive art collection hanging on its walls, including paintings by the likes of Rembrandt and Vermeer. But when those walls are among the things being renovated, it begs the question: what do you do with the art that’s currently on them?

At The Guardian, an article by Mark Brown has the details on how the logistics of this will work out. The paintings currently hanging on state room walls will be relocated to The Queen’s Gallery. And for those curious to see these works of art, their temporary home will place the art front and center.

It’s a one-off opportunity, according to Desmond Shawe-Taylor, surveyor of the Queen’s pictures. In total 65 pieces of artwork will make the short journey to the Queen’s Gallery for a year long display.

They will be seen for the first time in a “gallery context … as you would see them in a picture gallery instead of a palace,” said Shawe-Taylor.

The exhibit is set to run for a little over a year, beginning on December 4 of this year and running through January 31, 2022. It looks to be a singular experience, and one steeped in art history — and in history, period.

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