AkzoNobel is a long-standing partner of the Courtauld Institute of Art in the UK, one of the world’s leading centers for the study of art history, conservation and curatorship. The Institute’s Gallery at Somerset House in London houses exquisite pieces art, silver and sculpture, with AkzoNobel having played an important role in how this collection came into being.
Samuel Courtauld founded The Courtauld Institute of Art in 1932, with a notable collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. He was also chairman of textile manufacturers Courtaulds Ltd, which went on to specialize in the production of man-made fibers and industrial coatings, prior to the company’s acquisition by AkzoNobel in 1998.
This merger laid the foundations for the partnership which exists today. AkzoNobel has entrusted The Courtauld Gallery with the long-term loan of its silver collection, inherited from the Courtauld family, and has sponsored its public display since 2003. The collection of Courtauld silver continues to grow and benefit from diverse forms of research, supported by AkzoNobel.
More recently, AkzoNobel provided scholarship funding to The Courtauld Institute of Art for students undertaking postgraduate study in Conservation of Wall Painting. Since 2009, the company has funded Sanjay Dhar, a student from India who is studying for a PhD in risk assessment and management of Himalayan wall paintings. A second student, Sreekumar Menon, began his scholarship program in October 2012, looking at 11th-13th century Buddhist wall paintings in Ladakh.
Find out more about the Courtauld Institute here