National Portrait Gallery to close for three years

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The National Portrait Gallery in London, United Kingdom is to close for three years, threatening the future of its renowned portrait award and its controversial sponsorship by BP.

The 163-year-old gallery, which has the most extensive collection of portraits in the world, is due to embark on a £35 million redevelopment project it says will create more public spaces as well as a new entrance and public forecourt.

Its decision to close entirely from next June until spring 2023 surprised the art world. One expert said that opting for a full closure — rather than keeping some unaffected galleries open — suggested it was “viewing its audience with contempt”.

The gallery, which has yet to raise all the money required for the refurbishment, has kept its decision-making secret.

Source: The Times UK

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