Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Sets a New Attendance Record

[E.A. (Edward Arthur) Walton, Seaside Cottages with Dovecote, c. 1883. Watercolour, 34 x 52.7 cm. Lent by Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museums, Culture and Sport Glasgow on behalf of Glasgow City Council]

GLASGOW.- Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880-1900 at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum opened on 9 April 2010 and ran until 27 September 2010, attracting over 120,000 visitors as well as wide critical acclaim.

The exhibition has set a new record for the number of visitors to an art exhibition at Kelvingrove, smashing the previous record of 103,000 visits to a display of work by Van Gogh in 1948.

Comprising around 100 oil paintings and 50 works on paper, this was the first major exhibition devoted to this influential group of artists since 1968, and the definitive display of Glasgow Boys work, both celebrating the group and reviewing its legacy.

All the important artists associated with the group, including James Guthrie, EA Hornel, George Henry, Joseph Crawhall and Arthur Melville were represented.

Works from Glasgow Museums' collections sat alongside other major pictures brought together from public and private collections across the country.

In October 2010, a condensed version of the exhibition will tour to the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

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