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New look for Glasgow museum includes Mackintosh

The most visited museum outside London will reopen on July 11 following a three-year, £28 million refurbishment.

The most visited museum outside London will reopen on July 11 following a three-year, £28 million refurbishment. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Scotland is one of the city’s most lavish Victorian buildings, opened in 1901 and the renovation has enhanced its grandeur - including its magnificent Main Hall, used for civic banquets - whilst adding a new lower-ground floor and 22 thematic galleries displaying its vast collection.

Many of the galleries have a Scottish theme, including Scottish Identity in Art; Looking at Design and Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style. There is 50 per cent more space to display its 8,000 objects; highlights include Salvador Dali’s Christ of St John of The Cross; Rembrandt’s Man in Armour; as well as masterpieces by Van Gogh, Whistler, Monet and Botticelli and 15th century Milanese armour.

The link with the city’s favourite son, art nouveau artist, designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is strong. Among the exhibits in a Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style gallery is part of his tea-room at Ingram Street, items of furniture, art nouveau ephemera and artefacts form other Glaswegian artists of the period. It forms part of a summer-long Glasgow Mackintosh Festival, with most events and exhibitions, which are city-wide, taking place in September.

The museum and gallery, in Argyle Street, opens daily and admission is free. Tel: 0141 287 2699. Websites: www.glasgowmuseums.com; www.glasgowmackintosh2006.com


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