Issue details

OD-17-28 Loan of Gainsborough art to the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany

This decision relates to a loan request from the following:


Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany (LO.2018.3)


This loan request is for a temporary exhibition, ‘Gainsborough: The Landscape of the Modern World’ at one of Germany’s largest and most prestigious museums, the Hamburger Kunsthalle. The requested works are all by Thomas Gainsborough and three are currently on display in the Wolsey Art Gallery. (‘Cottage Door with Girl and Pigs’ is currently in store.)


However, by the time of the proposed loan in 2018 the Wolsey Art Gallery will have been re-hung to accommodate the enhanced Wolsey exhibition and all four works will be off display. Their place will have been taken by several Gainsborough portraits which will either be brought out of store or from the existing display in the Suffolk Artists gallery.


This is a major international exhibition and it is important for the Ipswich Borough Council Collection to be represented. There are also opportunities for increasing our understanding of Gainsborough’s work by participating in the exhibition and promoting Ipswich as a cultural tourism destination.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 05/10/2017

Decision due: 8 Sep 2017 by Officer Decision

Consultation process

The Portfolio Holder for Development and the Museums Manager, CIMS have both been consulted in making this decision. The Chair of the Friends of the Ipswich Museums has also been consulted.