A June 2007 trip
to Glasgow by Drever
Quote: Glasgow's attractions are so many and diverse that I can always go back and dig out another five. Here are my latest!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2007
Glasgow, Scotland G1 5DB
+44 141 552 1142
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 5, 2007
Gallery of Modern Art
Glasgow, Scotland G1 3AH
+44 141 229 1996
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum opened in 1901 and is still going strong. In the UK only London museums can match its popularity. Its curious red sandstone Spanish Baroque building holds 8,000 display items and is the most popular in Glasgow.On entering beautifully gilded ceilings and magnificent stonework greeted us. A Glasgow Squadron Spitfire suspended from the ceiling appears to swoop low over a display of exotic animals. On a balcony above us the second largest organ in Scotland struck up as a concert began. The building designed with such events in mind has acoustics among the finest. The layout borrows from retail with the most popular displays such as ancient Egypt, the French impressionists and Charles Rennie Mackintosh at the extremities to draw people through. Art and artifacts combine to form stories that enthral the visitor.Kids are welcome. The ground floor contains a Mini Museum, which gives them a chance to enjoy hands-on experience. The Environment Discover Centre also offers educational interactive displays. Other galleries on the ground floor include Creatures of the Past, Ancient Egypt, Glasgow Stories which could fill a museum by itself, Scotland's Wildlife, Scottish Art, Looking at Art, Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style, Looking at Design and Expression. This latter is especially eye-catching and a favourite with photographers. It consists of many heads, each with a different expression, floating above sculptures. The first floor homes the multimedia Object Cinema, the History Discovery Centre, and the Study Centre. There is a strong focus on Scottish artwork with exhibitions such as Scottish Identity in Art, Glasgow and the World, Scotland's First People, Sculpture Highlights, and Picture Promenade.There is also a display of Italian Renaissance art including the Madonna and Child with the infant St John and two Angels, from the workshop of Pesellino. The French 19th century display includes the beautiful contributions of Monet and Vuillard and works by Rembrant appear within the Dutch painting section. Perhaps the most famous piece is Christ of St John of the Cross by Salvador Dali. It shows Christ on the Cross high above the world looking down. It is the major icon which people from all over the world visit to see.
Conflict and Consequence displays everything from the grandeur and spectacle of the cult of the warrior through to the Holocaust. Conflict is a display with armoury and weaponry spread between the battle scenes staged using armoured mannequins.The most interesting part of the basement, which contains the restaurant and shop, is a piece between Glaswegian composer Craig Armstrong and Scottish visual artists Dalziel and Scullion, which combine sounds and imagery of Glasgow.Rarely do you walk into a museum or gallery and find such a diverse public enjoying the history of not only such a beautiful building but also its contents. This is a testament to the successful recent restoration and updating of the museum. This Art Gallery and Museum is worth many visits, and why not - admission is free!
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Glasgow, Scotland G3 8AG
+44 141 287 2700
People's Palace and Winter Gardens
Glasgow, Scotland G1 5DB
+44 (141) 554 0223
Ayr, United Kingdom