Reynolds' "Mai" to Be Shown in L.A. in 2026
It's official: Joshua Reynolds' Portrait of Mai has been saved for the planet. The National Portrait Gallery, London, has raised its half of the record £50 million purchase price, clearing the way for its joint purchase with the Getty Museum. The portrait will debut at the NPG when it reopens after renovations this June. It will first appear in Los Angeles in 2026 and will remain on view through the Olympics in 2028.
It had been speculated that each institution would show the painting for five-year terms. The press release does not address the scheduling, but the above dates imply initial 3-year terms.