- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery is
Glasgowand Scotland's premier museumand art galleryit is one of Europe's great civic art collections. Since its refurbishment the museum is the most popular free to enter visitor attraction in Scotland, [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6615775.stm "The refurbished Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has knocked Edinburgh Castle off the top spot as Scotland's busiest tourist attraction."] , BBC NewsScotland, accessed 3 May 2007] [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7390475.stm "Museum is top visitor attraction."] , BBC News, accessed 19 June 2008] and the most visited museum in the United Kingdomoutside London. [ [http://arts.guardian.co.uk/reviews/observer/story/0,,1816068,00.html "Heady Heights."] , Guardian.co.uk, accessed 19 June 2008] It is located on Argyle Street, in the West End of the city, on the banks of the River Kelvin(opposite the architecturally similar Kelvin Hall, which was built in matching style some years later, after the previous hall had been destroyed by fire). It is adjacent to Kelvingrove Parkand is situated immediately beneath the main campus of the University of Glasgowon Gilmorehill.
The construction of Kelvingrove was partly financed by the proceeds of the 1888 International Exhibition held in Kelvingrove Park. The gallery was designed by Sir John W. Simpson and
E.J. Milner Allenand opened in 1901. [cite web|publisher=Dictionary of Scottish Architects|title =DSA Building/Design Report | url =http://www.codexgeo.co.uk/dsa/building_full.php?id=M001540 | date = 2006| accessdate = 2008-04-11 ] It is built in a Spanish Baroquestyle, follows the Glaswegian tradition of using red sandstone, and includes an entire program of architectural sculptureby George Frampton, Francis Derwent Woodand other sculptors.
Although intended as a permanent building, it was designed as a principal building of another International Exhibition in the Park in 1901. This explains why the building appears to be built 'back to front'. Nowadays most visitors enter from the main street, Argyle Street — the "back" of the building (Kelvingrove has photographs and programmes from the original exhibition on display).
The museum's collections came mainly from the
McLellan Galleriesand from the old Kelvingrove House Museum in Kelvingrove Park. It has one of the finest collections of arms and armour in the world and a vast natural history collection. The art collection includes many outstanding European artworks, including works by the Old Masters, French Impressionists, Dutch Renaissance, Scottish Colouristsand Glasgow School.
The museum houses "
Christ of Saint John of the Cross" by Salvador Dalí. The copyright of this painting was bought by the curator at the time after a meeting with Dalí himself. For a period between 1993 and 2006, the painting was moved to the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art.
Kelvingrove reopened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 11 July 2006 after a three-year closure for major refurbishment. The work cost over £28m and includes a new restaurant and a large basement extension to its display space to accommodate the 8000 exhibits now on display.
* [http://www.glasgowmuseums.com/venue/index.cfm?venueid=4 Museum website]
* [http://www.inglasgow.com/inglaig/gallery.asp?categoryid=578 Preview Photographs of the Art Gallery before it re-opened in July 2006]
* [http://www.hotels-edinburgh-scotland-hotels.com/glasgow/kelvingrove/ Kelvingrove Art Gallery Glasgow] Independent article and pictures.
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