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Glasgow Boys Exhibition will set Kelvingrove Record

16/06/2010

​Around 40,000 people have visited the biggest ever exhibition of paintings by The Glasgow Boys opens at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on April 9. Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880–1900 features more than 140 works making it the biggest exhibition Kelvingrove has staged since it re-opened in 2006. It’s the most significant collection of their works ever displayed in the city.

Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880–1900 is the definitive retrospective of the works of artists such as Joseph Crawhall, Sir John Lavery, Sir James Guthrie, George Henry and Edward Atkinson Hornel. It opened at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on 9 April and runs until 27 September. Highlights of the show then move onto the Royal Academy in London in October, the first time a Glasgow Museums exhibition has toured to the Royal Academy.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is by far, Scotland’s most popular visitor attraction. Entry to the museum, in common with all the museums and galleries operated on behalf of the city by Glasgow Life, remains free. It is home to more than 8000 objects from Glasgow’s collection of 1.4 million items.

Several of the best known works by some of The Glasgow Boys are regularly displayed there along with works by Titian, Rembrandt, Botticelli and Van Gogh to name these few. From July this year Titian’s Diana and Acteon will also be on display at Kelvingrove.

The period 1880-1900 specifically focuses on a time when the group was influencing artists not just in Scotland, but across Europe and the world. Among the iconic works that will be on show include The Tennis Party, Old Willie – the Village Worthy, A Funeral Service in the Highlands and Schoolmates

Tickets for Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880-1900 are on sale from the shop at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and will cost £5 and £3 for concessions. Under 16’s will be allowed in free.

Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden said: “I’ve long admired the work of The Glasgow Boys and consider it a wonderful accolade for them that this definitive retrospective of their work at Kelvingrove will then be shown at The Royal Academy. This exhibition of Glasgow Boys paintings will show their enormous talent in a new way for another generation to appreciate."

Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden led the Kelvingrove Refurbishment Appeal which was established in 2002 to raise £5 million. By the time it closed it had raised well over double the original target. Lord Macfarlane also led the group which brought Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880 – 1900 to Kelvingrove.

 

Notes to editors

Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880-1900 opens at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on 9 April and runs until 27 September

Tickets will cost £5 for adults and £3 for concessions and free for under 16’s.

For further information please go to http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums.

Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880-1900 is sponsored by First Group

For further information about the exhibition please contact Gordon Boag.

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