A very special Scottish art event will take place this summer when more than 30 French Impressionist paintings from Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will be shown in Kirkcudbright Town Hall.
This unique arrangement takes advantage of Kelvingrove's current closure for a £27.9million refurbishment to show some of the finest works from Glasgow City Council's collection, in what is undoubtedly the most significant art exhibition to take place in Dumfries and Galloway. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will reopen to the public in the summer of 2006.
The exhibition, opening on 2 July, will be entitled Monet and the Impressionists: Kelvingrove at Kirkcudbright. Works by artists such as Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Cezanne and Sisley will be on display, covering the period between 1850 - 1910. The subjects in the paintings range from landscapes of river and mountain scenes to depictions of urban life, including Pisarro's famous The Tuileries Gardens
Kirkcudbright has been the venue for a variety of exhibitions over the past few years, and hopes for a return to the days of the early 20th Century, when the town and surrounding countryside was noted for its beauty and artistic excellence, being the home of artists of the calibre of Edward Hornel, one of the 'Glasgow Boys', and Jessie M King.
The exhibition, which will also be a means of extending public access to the national treasures held in Glasgow's collection, has been given financial support by the Scottish Executive.
There will free guided tours around the exhibition every day at 11am and 2pm, as well as a free programme of activities and workshops for adults and families.
For further information on these activities, please call 01557 331643.
Opening hours will be 10am - 5pm daily, and admission will be free. Images from Monet and the Impressionists: Kelvingrove at Kirkcudbright are available on request.
Monet and the Impressionists: Kelvingrove at Kirkcudbright
Kirkcudbright Town Hall
2 July - 28 August 2005