Started the day with a hearty breakfast, which left me happily full and ready to take on the day. And it was so good. I’m getting hungry just looking at this picture again.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Its construction was partly financed by the proceeds of the 1888 International Exhibition, which was held in Kelvingrove Park, located right behind the building, to function as the Palace of Fine Arts for the subsequent Glasgow International Exhibition. It was designed by Sir John W. Simpson and E.J. Milner Allen.
Its Centre Hall is crowned by a concert pipe organ, built by Lewis & Co, commissioned as part of the Glasgow International Exhibition and installed in what was originally intended to be a space in which to hold concerts.
The museum has 22 galleries, housing Renaissance Art, taxidermy, objects by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Ancient Egypt, and more. They also regularly host temporary exhibitions – they were showing photography by Linda McCartney when I visited.
This painting was partially cleaned so as to show the difference before and after the process.
This painting was transferred thread by thread onto a new canvas, as the old one was badly damaged.
One of the first things I saw when looking up the Kelvingrove was pictures of this installation – The Floating Heads by Sophie Cave, created in 2006.
She made over 50 individual heads, and each displays a different emotion ranging from laughter to fear to despair.
Since they’re suspended on wires, they turn freely if there happens to be a draft of some sort, which is unsettling in the best way.
The museum’s collections originate mainly from the McLellan Galleries and the old Kelvingrove House Museum located in Kelvingrove Park. It is considered to have one of the finest collections of arms and armor in the world, and also contains a broad natural history collection. Its art collection includes pieces by the Old Masters, French Impressionists, the Dutch Renaissance, Scottish Colorists, as well as sections on the Glasgow School.