Pats Guide to the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery

AC/DC Exhibition

Due in September, 2011, on the only European date of this tour

Kelvingrove Art GalleryKelvingrove re-opened on 11th July 2006 after a magnificient refurbishment May, 2006.

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The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is world renowned for the quality of its international art collection which includes Impressionists and Italian and Dutch Renaissance paintings. Without question the Art Gallery houses one of Scotland's finest civic Art collections. You will also find some great Scottish Art including works by the Glasgow Boys and Glasgow Girls. There are three paintings in particular that 'get me every time' - two by George Henry and E.A. Hornel, 'Druids Bringing in the Mistletoe'( 1890) and 'The Star in the East' (1891) and one by William Kennedy called 'The Fur Boa'. Amazing - there is a 'physicalness' about the way these folk painted that just does something for me - it can't be explained beyond that.

The building itself is worthy of note, a large and imposing late Victorian red sandstone contruction, it is one of Glasgow's landmark buildings. It is also famous for the myth that it was built back-to-front and the architect jumped to his death from one of it's towers.

Kelvinhall Art Gallery The ever changing contemporary exhibitions compete for your attention with the dinosaurs, suites of armour, frightening weaponry and treasures from throughout the world. The Museum was recently in the news when it handed back the controversial 'wounded knee ghost shirt' to Native American Indians. The reputation of being Scotlands most popular free visitor attraction is assured for the near future.

There is a shop full of 'knick-knacks' and a large cafe so you won't go hungry.

Update: May, 2003

The Art Gallery and Museum will be closed from 1st July, 2003 - March, 2003

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum: Refurbishment

The City of Glasgow has to receive the single largest award by the Heritage Lottery Board - £12.8 million (half of the money needed to refurbish the gallery and museum). Kelvingrove is the most popular tourist attraction in the UK not counting London and will be transformed into a 21st century gallery with the capacity to exhibit works of art previously hidden from the public. Find out a bit more about this venture on The Herald Web site:

For up to date information on exhibitions and music recitals at Kelvingrove see our weekly What's On - Jess's Jaunt


Location: Dunbarton Road 100 yards west of Kelvin Way.
Tel: 0141 287 2699
Disabled Access: Yes
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10am - 5.00pm, Sun 11am - 5pm

Thanks for spotting the problem with the dates, which I've now amended. In fact, Kelvingrove will be closed until 2006.
--pat ( pat at glasgowwestend dot co dot uk ) from Scotland on 4.7.2003; 22:14:21 Uhr

Doesn't the dates of the refurbishment seem a bit strange? Are they not supposed to be 1st July 2003 - 31stMarch 2004?
--Brendon McMenamin ( brendon dot mcmenamin at ntlworld dot com ) from Scotland on 4.7.2003; 12:54:49 Uhr

I picked up a signed oil on board by Glasgow Boy-David Gauld while in Surrey, UK, this past April at an antique shop. size-14 in.x 10 in.Subject Landscape.Any idea how one goes about selling the painting?
--[Macro error: There is no glossary entry named "Yankee"] ( Emailwbjork at qwest dot net ) from USA on 19.5.2003; 1:46:06 Uhr

Just visited the Millet to Matisse exhibit in Louisville. It was wonderful! Plan on seeing again in Kalamazoo in 2004. I was wondering if you can view any of the works in the exhibit on line? thanks, Suzanne
--Suzanne Depp ( sdepp at bloodhorse dot com ) from USA on 13.1.2003; 15:40:19 Uhr

The 64 French Impressionists from Kelvingrove will visit Louisville KY, Pittsburgh PA, Omaha NE (nice city! Try Upstream Brewing Co, 11th & Jackson), Albuquerque NM, Kalamazoo MI and Quebec City, Canada. Oklahoma City may be added.
The works include Corot, Millet, Monet, Pissaro, Renor, Cezanne, Fantin-Latour,Matisse, Renoir, Vuillard et al. One of Van Gogh's portrays his friend, Alexander Reid, the (Glasgow) art dealer. Reid lent Whistler's "Princess of the Land of Porcelain" to the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. (Ex-Burrell, it is now the centerpiece of the Peacock Room at the Freer in Washington DC).
The paintings will be dismounted at Kelvingrove in March 2003.
--Stanley ( EmailStanleyKHunter at compuserve dot com ) from Scotland on 21.9.2002; 22:21:58 Uhr

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is in Argyle Street. Dumbarton Road ends midway over Partick Bridge. The Kelvin was the border with the City of Glasgow and the police burgh of Partick.
--Stanley ( StanleyKHunter at compuserve dot comEmail ) from Scotland on 21.9.2002; 0:10:41 Uhr

Hi again! I am able to answer my own question thanks to an email I received. There is a site, American Federation of Arts Long Range Exhibition Schedule, which shows many exhibits and where and when they will be shown for the next year and a half to two years. Just happens that the Millet to Matisse exhibit will be at the Joslyn Museum of Art, in Omaha NE, when we will be there visiting our daughter. We are very happy that we will be able to see it then. Hope you get a chance to see it, too.
-- Clara ( casa1308 at aol dot com ) from USA on 11.9.2002; 15:04:10 Uhr

Have read that some masterpieces from your art gallery will be in Louisville Kentucky this year. Titled "Millet to Matisse" ,I am curious as to the other art galleries in which these paintings will be exhibited. Hope some place near Chicago. Please advise. Thanks. C.A.
--Clara Arnold ( casa1308 at aol dot com ) from USA on 18.8.2002; 23:16:15 Uhr

I am doing a research on Mr. Alexander Stuart Boyd, a famous painter who lived in late 19th century and early 20th. I would be interested in getting a photograph from him, and as much information as possible about his life and work. Not necessary images of his paintings.
--Jaume Boada Salom ( jbs at oninet dot es ) from Spain on 5.8.2002; 23:27:00 Uhr

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is in Argyle Street. Dumbarton Road now only starts to the west, midway on Partick Bridge. The Kelvin is the boundary. The Ghost Shirt exhibit is now on display on the first floor north balcony of the museum. Dutch renaissance paintings? Think not, but outstanding classic Flemish work is on show. Glasgow has arguably best civic art collection in Europe, not just Scotand. The construction of the building was celebrated by the 1901 Glasgow International Exhibition of Art, Science & Industry. Architects had to design a building which could be approached by VIPs to the exhibition from Park hill (after comfort stop at Lord Provost's residence). The building had to show respect to the senior edifice of Glasgow University with an imposing State Porch (north entrance). The Carriage Porch (south entrance) was then not directly accessible from the main street (then called Dumbarton Road) as a building called the Grand Avenue blocked access. It was ruled that it would have to be as imposing as the State Porch entrance, but different. The Gallery was partly financed by the profits of the 1888 International Exhibition, Glasgow, also staged in Kelvingrove Park. The main architect 1897-1901 certainly didn't jump. He went on to receive architectural honours from all over the world and later designed the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley 1924-25 - which was arguably not so spectacular as Kelvingrove in 1901. Stanley K Hunter
--Stanley K Hunter ( StanleyKHunter at compuserve dot com ) from Scotland on 9.11.2000; 0:00:00 Uhr

Regarding your comments on Glasgow's Art Gallery and Museum; It wasn't build "the wrong way around" either by accident or intentionaly. It was build in an age where people actually had use of their legs and walked places. The idea was that you would approach the Art Gallery by strolling through Kelvingrove Park. The tradesman's entrance was logically built at the rear of the building by the road where goods could be delivered. So it's not so much that the Gallery was built the wrong way around, but more that our 20th/21st Century idea of what's more important, the park or the road, that are the wrong way around.
--G.S.Sinclair ( e-mail at yourhost dot com ) from Scotland on 18.10.2000; 0:00:00 Uhr