Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

Frank Quietly: The Art of Comics

1 April - 1 October 2017

Frank Quitely is the alter ego of Glasgow born artist Vincent Deighan. Deighan took on the mantle of Frank Quitely in his early career to hide his identity while he drew for the Scottish publication Electric Soup. Now the name Frank Quitely is synonymous with iconic characters such as Superman, Batman and the  X-Men. A world renowned artist in hot demand he’s recently finished the epic story Jupiter’s Legacy with fellow Scottish comic book legend, writer Mark Millar. 
The exhibition at Kelvingrove was the largest collection of his work ever displayed. You could get up close and personal with the painstaking detail in every iconic frame.  There was original artwork from titans of the comic book industry such as Frank Millar and Neal Adams as well as an original Batman comic strip by Batman creator Bob Kane. The exhibition also included the strip that inspired it all, The Broons! 
The Art of Comics also showed the influence and context for this genre from the historical, with the universal structure of the heroic myth and the Scottish tradition of storytelling, through to the modern, with current affairs and technological development. 
Alongside the comic art there were digital interactives where you could discover the process of drawing a comic page, create your own superhero costume or you could get your photo taken with Superman flying overhead! 
All in all, this exhibition excited comic book fans of all ages and proved to be one of the most popular exhibitions Kelvingrove has hosted. 


​Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty

8 October 2016 - 19 February 2017
The exhibition explored the work and legacy of the Czech painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939). 
Through his stylish andbeautiful theatrical and advertising posters, the exhibition examines how ‘le style Mucha’ evolved and became synonymous with the international Art Nouveau style. It also examines the often-hidden, skilled draughtsmanship behind Mucha’s internationally recognisable designs,and explores how his artistic philosophy influenced his later career. 
Alongside works by Mucha feature several key objects from Glasgow’s own collection; artworks that demonstrate the interchange of artistic ideas between Scotland, the rest of the UK, and continental Europe.​

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 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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