Glasgow’s priceless Burrell Collection, once described as “one of the greatest gifts ever given to any city in the world”, is set to reopen Tuesday after a multi-million dollar refurbishment.
he collection home in Pollok Country Park has been transformed into a modern, greener museum that can display more of the items to which Sir William Burrell devoted decades of his life.
Professor Frances Fowle, Lead Trustee of the Sir William Burrell Trust, hailed the nearly £70m refurbishment as “an impressive undertaking which has given this unique collection a spectacular home”.
“The renovation has exceeded all of our expectations, making the Burrell Collection one of the country’s most internationally significant, enduring and inspiring museums, with something for everyone,” said Prof. Fowle.
Sir William and his wife Constance spent more than 75 years collecting the items and then in 1944 publicly released one of the largest personal art collections in the world.
At the time of the donation, Sir Hector Hetherington, Rector of the University of Glasgow, described the donation as “one of the greatest gifts ever made to any city in the world”.
Inside the newly renovated building, the collection houses the Wagner Garden Carpet, one of the earliest surviving Persian garden carpets in the world, a priceless object that has not previously been on permanent display.
The renovation has exceeded all of our expectations, making the Burrell Collection one of the country’s most internationally significant, enduring and inspiring museums, with something for everyoneProfessor Frances Fowle, Sir William Burrell Trust
Other highlights include one of the most important collections of Chinese art in Europe, paintings by renowned French artists such as Manet, Cezanne and Degas, and medieval treasures such as stained glass, weapons and armour.
Burrell Renaissance’s Sir Angus Grossart said it is “wonderful that millions of visitors will enjoy it again for its immense quality, variety and beauty”.
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Almost half of the funding for the £68.25million project was provided by Glasgow City Council, with over a quarter coming from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and significant donations from the Scottish Government, UK Government and many trusts and private donors.
The museum’s gallery space has been increased by 35% to accommodate unique items from the collection that have not been seen in decades or have never been on permanent display.
The new exhibitions will give visitors a better understanding of the international importance of the Burrell Collection’s artworks and the people who made them and some of the people who owned them.
There will be 225 displays spread across 24 galleries.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/glasgows-priceless-burrell-collection-to-reopen-after-68m-makeover-41497537.html Glasgow’s priceless Burrell Collection reopens after a £68million refurbishment