Past Exhibitions

A Century of Style: Costume and Colour 1800-1899

25 September 2015 - 14 February 2016

This beautiful exhibition of 19th-century clothing came from Glasgow Museums’ collection of European costume. Showcasing some rarely seen examples of womenswear, menswear and children’s clothing, it considered how such clothes were made and where they were sold, as well as revealing the stories of some of the people who wore them.

The displays featured dresses and outfits made with delicate embroidered cottons and elaborate woven silks, as well as beautiful wedding dresses and opulent evening gowns. Leading Glaswegian department stores and dressmakers were represented in the exhibition, alongside an exquisite beaded couture dress from Paris. There was also a wide range of accessories on show, including delicate jewellery, bonnets, colourful shawls, purses and even a metamorphic parasol.


Hatching the Past: dinasour eggs and babies

3 April  - 16 August 2015

The exhibition provided a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests, embryos and young, with some real specimens collected from across the world.  Each major plant and meat-eating dinosaur group was represented in this touring exhibition which came from New Zealand.

The exhibition investigated how different types of dinosaurs lived and looked after their young, as they roamed the earth millions of years ago. There were exciting interactive displays and exhibits, which proved popular with children, that examined how dinosaurs lived and looked after their families, through their eggs, nests, embryos and young.

Alasdair Gray: From the Personal to the Universal

11 October 2014 - 22 February 2015​

This exhibition of more than 100 works celebrated Alasdair Gray at 80 and was part of the Alasdair Gray Season, in partnership with the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), The Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow Print Studio. Documenting a life's work, the exhibition spanned Alasdair Gray's entire career, from his student days at The Glasgow School of Art through to the present day. The exhibition was curated by Sorcha Dallas and brought together for the first time, previously unseen works by Gray as well as better known works, many of which were loaned from private collections.


How Glasgow Flourished 1714 - 1837

18 April 2014 - 17 August 2014

How Glasgow Flourished 1714 - 1837 showed paintings and objects from the Glasgow Museums collection which told the story of the Georgian period in Glasgow. It explored how during the Georgian period Glasgow grew into a dynamic city of true global significance through its businessmen, commerce, workers and brilliance. MORE.​

Jack Vettriano: A Retrospective 

21 September 2013 - 23 February 2014

The first major retrospective of works by Jack Vettriano, attracted more than 123,00 visitors over its run. Featuring some of his most well-kown paintings including the Singing Butler, Mad Dogs and Portrait in Black and Pearl, it had over 100 of his works together for the first time. MORE​

More than a Game: How Scotland Shaped World Football

27 March 2013 - 18 August 2013

In partnership with the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park, this exhibition showcased the beautiful game across ages, nations and clubs and looked at how Scotland gave footabll to the world. MORE​

Pharaoh: King of Egypt

3 November 2012 - 24 February 2013

Kelvingrove welcomed a fascinating British Museum touring show, Pharaoh–King of Egypt. Find out more


Art Detectives: Investigating Bosch and Bruegel

22 November 2012 - 28 February 2013

This exhibition featured Glasgow Museums’ Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple. It revealed how a team of curators, conservators, conservation scientists and art historians from across Europe have been investigating four versions of the same scene. Find out more


Italian Art

6 April - 12 August 2012

Kelvingrove’s exhibition showcased the best of Glasgow Museums’ wonderful collection of Italian art and featured several works which had not been on public display for many years. Find out more


The Glasgow Boys

9 April - 27 September 2010

Comprising around 100 oil paintings and 50 works on paper, this was the first major exhibition devoted to this influential group of artists since 1968, and the definitive display of Glasgow Boys work, both celebrating the group and reviewing its legacy. Find out more​


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