• Jack Vettriano: a Retrospective in Glasgow

    by  • September 18, 2013 • Art, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Glasgow • 0 Comments

    If you happen to be planning a city break to Glasgow over the next few months, be sure to visit the city’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, venue for a much-anticipated, major retrospective solely devoted to the work of popular Scottish artist, Jack Vettriano. Opening this coming Saturday (21st Shis coming Saturday (21st eptember) and running through until the 23rd of February 2014, this is the first and most comprehensive compilation ever of Vettriano’s paintings, bringing together 100 of his most definitive and best-loved works from private collections around the world, some on public display for the first time in nearly 20 years.

    Described by Sir Tim Rice as evoking “an era of Hollywood but no film of that town’s heyday was made with Vettriano’s burning colour”, the exhibition features many of Vettriano’s most iconic and recognisable paintings dating from 1992 to 2012 and include Dance Me to the End of Love, Mad Dogs, Long Time Gone, Bluebird at Bonneville, The Billy Boys, Game On, The Parlour of Temptation, An Imperfect Past, Fetish and Night Geometry.

    Situated in Glasgow’s West End on Argyll Street, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a stunning Spanish Baroque-style building and makes for the most magnificent of settings for an exhibition of this stature.  Boasting the enviable status of being one of the most visited museums in the UK outside London (as usually it is free to enter), the museum’s permanent collection contains a wide array of artistic, military, natural history and archaeological exhibits, ranging from Dutch Old Masters and French Impressionists through arms and armour, Scottish art and history, ancient Egypt and world cultures. There’s also a gallery dedicated to one of the city’s most famous sons entitled ‘Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style’, presenting in detail the UK’s contribution to the Art Nouveau movement and even a real Spitfire plane.

    The museum is open daily from Monday to Thursday plus Saturday from 10am to 5pm; from 11am on Fridays and Sundays. Please note that the museum is closed on the 25th and 26th of December and the 1st and 2nd of January. Tickets for the exhibition cost £5 per adults, £3 for concessions and are free for under 16s.


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