Kelvingrove Museum prepare or Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross to go on loan
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Kelvingrove Museum prepare or Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross to go on loan

28/06/2017
With Scottish schools set to break for summer holidays Glasgow Museums is urging people to visit Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery and see one of Scotland’s favourite paintings, Christ of St John of the Cross by Salvador Dalí, before it goes on loan in early August.
 
The iconic artwork will remain on show at Kelvingrove Museum for most of the school summer holiday period before traveling to the Royal Academy of Arts in London in September 2017. There it will be one of the star attractions of Dalí/Duchamp, opening on 7 October 2017. The exhibition will then travel to The Dalí Museum in St Petersburg, Florida from February to May 2018, after which Christ of St John of the Cross will return to Kelvingrove in the summer of 2018.
 
Glasgow Museums is also launching a packed programme of free, fun, family events across all nine museums this summer.  After admiring Dalí’s seminal artwork families can enjoy a full programme of workshops, activities and craft sessions at Kelvingrove and across the city’s other museums throughout the holiday period.
 
Pippa Stephenson, Curator of European Art Glasgow Museums, said: “This iconic painting is a highlight for many of the people who visit Kelvingrove every year and we’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of extra visitors to the museum during the school holidays. We are also excited to give many more people the opportunity to see this masterpiece in person, when it goes on show alongside works by Duchamp at the Royal Academy’s forthcoming exhibition.  Everyone agrees Christ of St John of the Cross will be one of the undoubted highlights of the Dali/Duchamp exhibition, opening in September.
 
“Glasgow is very fortunate to hold one of the finest art collections in Europe.  By loaning key pieces, which are then often presented in new ways, we hope to learn more about the artwork in our care.  And by working with other respected institutions we aspire to strengthen our reputation and benefit from reciprocal relationships, such as our partnership with the Royal Academy, which will bring the wonderful Raeburn painting, Boy and Rabbit, to Kelvingrove this autumn.”
 
Dalí/Duchamp at the Royal Academy of Arts in London is the first exhibition to throw light on the surprising relationship between the two artistic giants, father of conceptual art Marcel Duchamp and Surrealist Salvador Dalí.  It will bring together over 60 works, including some of Dalí’s most inspired and technically accomplished paintings and sculptures and Duchamp’s ground-breaking assemblages and readymades, together with less familiar work. The focused exploration will offer fresh ways of looking at both figures, radically revising their familiar places in art history. Christ of Saint John of the Cross will be at the heart of this exhibition, central to its key themes, particularly myth, the relationship between science and religion, and perspective. It will join monumental artworks loaned from across the globe, including Figueres Spain, New York, Paris and London.
 
It is the first time Christ of St John of the Cross has been on loan since 2010. It featured in Salvador Dalí: The Late Work, an important exhibition focusing on Dalí’s later career at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, USA. The must-see painting, one of the best-loved in Glasgow Museums’ entire collection for both tourists and Glaswegians alike, will return to Kelvingrove Museum in summer 2018.
 
One of the Royal Academy’s most popular and moving paintings, Henry Raeburn’s Boy and Rabbit will go on show at Kelvingrove Museum as part of a reciprocal loan agreement. Boy and Rabbit will hang in the portrait section of the Looking at Art gallery in Kelvingrove Museum from September 2017 until May 2018, where it is expected to be a real highlight with museum visitors, particularly children and families. 
 
An image of Christ of St John of the Cross will remain in the space at Kelvingrove Museum, alongside AV interpretation that explains Dalí’s inspiration for the work and how the painting came to be in Glasgow’s collection. 
 
For more details on the Summer Family Events programme operating from July to September visit glasgowmuseums.com/whatson.  Many of the events are free and include highlights like the Great Big Heritage Bus Tour travelling between various museums on 15th July, GoMA’s Summer Studio that transforms Gallery 3 into a creative drop-in space for all every Monday to Thursday afternoon and GMRC Family Saturdays, a weekly adventure involving everything from owls, windmills, bugs and robots.  The People’s Palace will host workshops for every decade from the Fabulous 40s through to a 90s Gaming Week, while Riverside Beach is back from 13 July.
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