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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Kelvingrove Revisited

On my way home from New Zealand nearly a month ago I stopped off in Glasgow for a few days with Anna.  One of the things I love doing in Glasgow is visiting the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery.  So, not for the first time, I shall post a few of my favourite things which some of you will have seen before.















22 comments:

  1. It must be twenty years since I've visited. Far too long. I'll try and get back this autumn.

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    1. It's changed quite a lot since then, Adrian, but it's really worth a visit or three.

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  2. I remember the "Motherless" sculpture from one of the first blog posts of yours that I came across. (It might also have been on Soaring Through the World.) For some reason it has stuck in my mind that my first impression was that it stood in a cathedral. It wasn't until I saw it again in a later post that I realised it was in a museum. Anyway that museum looks like the kind of place where I'd love to spend time wandering around...

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    1. You would, Monica, you really would.

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  3. If ever I visit Glasgow this is where I’ll go. A grand and grandiose place.

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    1. Ulla, Glasgow is a must go place. The Victorian architecture is magnificent. They even have a water well miles above the street. They have two city halls. They held a competition and couldn't decide so built them both. That's Weegies. The one to the west of the Clyde was the CO-OP Bank head office. I love the intricacy of the building facing stones. Some are carved to look like Tuffa rock. It's a great place but they do speak funny and call everyone Jimmy.

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    2. PS. Sorry Ursa. I had a senior moment

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    3. Friko if you ever get the chance Glasgow is, as Adrian said, a must go place. It is a vibrant city full of interest.

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  4. Lovely place. Last tine I went i wanted to hear the organ - but it was broken. Still have not heard the thing

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    1. Andrea I listened to the 1 o'clock recital the day I took the photos. It's lovely walking around beautiful things listening to beautiful music.

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  5. Looks to be a great place to visit, must be terrific with the music filling the air. I remember the motherless statue, I thought then and still think the child was ill, that life is leaving her. Too much imagination probably. The hanging heads seem the opposite, full of life!

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    1. Motherless does emanate so much emotion for a 'mere' sculpture. I can sit an look at it for ages. The heads are amazing and, as you say, full of fun although some of them are really rather grotesque.

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  6. What a beautiful museum. I've always been fascinated by the fluidity and emotion which can be expressed in solid stone. Thanks for sharing, GB.

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    1. Absolutely DeeDee. It would be hard not to be moved by it.

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  7. I can see why you like visiting this museum. I look forward to more posts. The heads would keep your head spinning for a whole day.

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    1. Red I try and post something when I visit and although there are thousands of exhibits I still tend to be drawn to certain items or areas.

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  8. Like Monica said above, this looks like the kind of place I'd love to spend time - an entire day, if it was a rainy one - wandering around. The "motherless" sculpture is indeed very touching, and I am not surprised it is so popular. If the facial expression of the father wasn't so sad, one could imagine he was simply holding his very tired little girl, waiting for her to fall asleep so that he could put her to bed. I wonder whether the artist had a personal reason for creating this sculpture.
    How tall is the "Sunflower" one?

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    1. I know that you would love it Meike. I must try and find out more about the artist. I think I did once look him up but if I did I've forgotten what I found. The "Sunflower" is about 5' or 150cm high.

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  9. I would love to take a wander around this museum....so much to see.
    The floating heads with the various expressions surely took me by surprise.
    Great photos as usual GB.

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    1. I'm absolutely certain that you would Virginia. The floating heads intrigue me every time I see them but, as you say, the first time was quite a surprise.

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  10. What a wonderful Museum. Thanks for sharing this Graham!

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