December 2023

“Still You Bloom in This Land of No Gardens,” a mixed-media artwork (acrylic, photographic transfers, colored pencil, and collage on paper) by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, to be included in the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition “The Time is Always Now” © Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Courtesy of the artist, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

The Foundation is delighted to support upcoming exhibitions held in five U.K.  galleries. It will commit a total of £900,000 to the Royal Academy of Arts, the National Gallery, and for the first time, to the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Fitzwilliam Museum.

The Royal Academy of Arts will receive £250,000 towards two of its exhibitions opening this autumn: Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphaels c. 1504, will explore key moments of influence between the three artists living in the Republic of Florence, and Kerry James Marshall will present the first monographic show of the contemporary American artist in the U.K. since 2005.

Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London/© Fraser Marr

The Foundation is giving £225,000 to the National Gallery of London in support of The Last Caravaggio, a focused exhibition of two works by Caravaggio including a rare loan from Naples and the gallery’s masterpiece from their collection; and Siena: The Rise of Painting, 1300-1350, the first exhibition devoted to the subject in the U.K. gathering 100 works in a variety of media.

The Victoria & Albert Museum will be awarded a grant of £275,000 to support two exhibitions. The Great Moghuls will showcase300 items of Moghul art from 1560 to 1660 in the V&A’s South Kensington galleries. The Music is Black: A British Story will be the V&A East’s inaugural exhibition, presenting the rich and global reach of Black British music and its influence on a wide range of popular music, from 1900 to the present.

Portrait of Shahbuddin Mohammed Shah Jahan (1592 – 1666); Mughal Emperor of India 1628 – 58, holding a jewel; painted by Muhammad Abed, illuminated by Harif; Mughal Indian; 1628 – 29. Opaque watercolour & gold on paper.

A grant of £100,000 will be awarded to the National Portrait Gallery for its exhibition The Time is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure. The show opening in February 2024 iscurated by Ekow Eshun and will gather over 50 works by 18 artists from the African diaspora including Claudette Johnson, Lubaina Himid, and Noah Davis.

The Foundation will gift a grant of £50,000 to the Fitzwilliam Museum of the University of Cambridge to support William Blake’s Universe. The exhibition will highlight the museum’s world-class Blake collection alongside contemporaries such as Philip Otto Runge.