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100 ways to wear a bra

On a cold November morning in 2006 one hundred models dressed in black knickers and bras posed on the Sainsbury Wing steps. They were there to promote a new Wonderbra that can be worn in one hundred different ways. The only concern for National Gallery colleagues was whether the public might think this was a new uniform to gather the crowds!

Sainsbury wing

Brief Summary

  • Locations:
     Conference rooms, theatre, cinema, exhibition space, three large stairwells, restaurant, shop, modern foyer.
  • Style:
     Post Modern.
Gallery level 2: Sainsbury Wing

The Sainsbury Wing, built from the generosity of the Sainsbury brothers and realised by the architect Robert Venturi, was completed in 1991. Rising to the same height and faced in the same Portland Stone, the extension was designed to complement the main building. Inside the Sainsbury Wing is a grand staircase entirely clad in glass, which creates a light and open space where the visitor can overlook the vibrant bustle in busy Trafalgar Square. 

The Sainsbury Wing houses the entire early Renaissance collection, and in sharp contrast to the main rooms, the space is smaller, with subdued grey walls sensitively lit to give a feel of the churches in which these great paintings would have hung.

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