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Spotlight loans and themed exhibitions

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Spotlight loans and themed exhibitions

The Burrell Collection can be seen at home and abroad at the following venues.

  1. Burrell Collection tapestry detail
    Burrell at Kelvingrove: Tapestries

    During his lifetime Sir William Burrell (1861–1958) collected over 200 tapestries. Including majestic tapestries commissioned by kings, princes and bishops and smaller domestic tapestries woven for the emerging wealthy merchant classes, this exhibition showcases nine works from the 14 – 17 centuries. Until Spring 2018 at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

    Burrell at Kelvingrove: Tapestries
  2. The Chateau of Medan by Cezanne
    Courbet, Degas, Cézanne… Chefs-d'oeuvre réalistes et impressionistes de la collection Burrell

    From 18 May to 23 September 2018, visitors to the Musée Cantini, Marseilles can see 58 works from the Burrell Collection at the inaugural exhibition Courbet, Degas, Cézanne… Chefs-d'oeuvre réalistes et impressionistes de la collection Burrell.

    The exhibition includes an impressive range of artists – Boudin, Cézanne, Corot, Courbet, Daubigny, Daumier, Degas, Manet, Millet, Pissarro and Sisley however what is even more astonishing is that none of these paintings have been seen in France since the time of their acquisition.



  3. A man works on preserving an old clock.
    The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World

    A major exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, from 23 June – 23 September 2018 and organised in partnership with the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, USA, includes a rare pendulum wall clock from the Burrell Collection.

    The exhibition, The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World reunites, for the first time in three centuries, rare 17th century works of art and objects originally featured in a large mysterious painting The Paston Treasure

    Painted by an unknown Dutch school artist, circa 1663, the painting’s unique and cryptic subject continues to mesmerize and puzzle art scholars and historians. Featuring an array of exotic treasures from around the world, the painting chronicles a fraction of what was once one of the greatest private art collections of 17th century England, amassed by Norfolk’s Paston family, famed for their medieval letters.

    One piece, a pendulum wall clock, is so accurately depicted in the painting, that Jonathan Betts, leading horological consultant and conservator and Curator Emeritus at the Royal Observatory National Maritime Museum Greenwich, has been able to draw remarkably accurate conclusions as to its origins. As a result, a pendulum wall clock, on loan to the exhibition from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow, has now been attributed to the eminent and clockmaker Henry Jones of London as a result of Jonathan Betts’ research.

  4. A camera hangs above a tapestry, as it take photos.
    Eternal Springtime: A Persian Garden Carpet from the Burrell Collection

    The Burrell Collection’s Wagner Garden Carpet is to be displayed at the Metropolitan Museum, New York’s critically acclaimed Islamic galleries from 10 July 2018 – 7 October 2018.

    The partnership between the Burrell Collection, Glasgow, and the Metropolitan Museum, New York, will provide a rare opportunity for members of the public to see the artwork. The Wagner Garden Carpet is considered to be one of the three earliest surviving Persian garden carpets in the world. However the design of this particular carpet is unique and no other examples resembling it or using part of its base-pattern have yet been identified.  The exhibition will be the first time that the Wagner Garden Carpet will be on display outside of Great Britain since it was acquired by Sir William Burrell.

    Titled Eternal Springtime: A Persian Garden Carpet from the Burrell Collection, the artwork will benefit from a supporting display relating to the importance of gardens in Islamic culture and a full public programme including a symposium and a guest lecture by Noorah al Gailani, Curator of Islamic Civilisations at Glasgow Museums and the Burrell Collection.

  5. Auguste Rodin, The Thinker
    Rodin: rethinking the fragment, The British Museum and multiple UK venues

    Rodin's Thinker, generously lent by the Burrell Collection, Glasgow, is currently on display at the entrance to the Parthenon gallery at the British Museum until 29 July 2018 to coincide with the major exhibition Rodin: the art of ancient Greece

    Following the exhibition, as part of the British Museum’s National Programme activity, British Museum objects will appear alongside Rodin's Thinker from the Burrell Collection in a Spotlight loan to partner museums across the UK from August 2018 - April 2019.  The partnership Spotlight loan will draw on one of the themes of the major exhibition, exploring how Rodin, the great innovator of modern sculpture and art, was influenced by the art of ancient Greece and Rome.

    Venues include:

    Abbott Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, August to October 2018

    Holburne Museum, Bath, November 2018 to January 2019

    New Art Gallery Walsall, February to April 2019

  6. Previous international spotlight loans and themed exhibitions

    The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (NGV International) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    “A block-buster unlike anything seen in Australia”, The Sunday Morning Herald

    Since the Burrell Collection's temporary closure in Autumn 2016, artworks have continued to delight audiences at home and abroad.

    The most significant international survey of Degas’ work in decades Degas: A New Vision at The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (NGV International) was the first to feature international loans from Glasgow’s Burrell Collection. Held from 24 June – 18 September 2016, the exhibition then travelled to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 16 October 2016 – 8 January 2017.

    The National Gallery, London

    "A ravishing, revealing window on Degas's inner world", The Guardian

    From 20 September 2017 – 7 May 2018 Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell at the National Gallery, London, featured a stunning group of 20 paintings, pastels and drawings by Degas from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow.

    Including complementary works by Degas from the National Gallery and other collections, Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell offered a unique insight into the working practices and preoccupations of a complex and intensely private artist.

    The Burrell Collection holds one of the greatest collections of Degas’ works in the world, encompassing pieces from every period of the artist’s career.

    The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

    From 6 October 2017 – 7 January 2018, the Rijksmuseum presented a large exhibition of works by the romantic bohemian, Matthijs Maris. The major retrospective included 75 paintings, drawings, etchings and craftwork. This was the first time a complete overview of the artist's work had ever been presented anywhere worldwide due to unique loans from the Burrell Collection.