Glasgow is preparing to celebrate the reopening of the famous Burrell Collection, which will open in 2022 after a major renovation.
The Burrell Collection is home to one of the largest unique personal collections in the world, with 9,000 works of art amassed over 75 years by Sir William Burrell (1861-1958).
What’s in the Burrell Collection?
It is the largest museum project in the UK at present following a massive £ 68million refurbishment and re-display of a collection comprising paintings from five centuries and works art from five millennia, many of which have not been seen for decades, or have never been permanently displayed.
Visitors can enjoy some of the finest Chinese ceramics in Europe, some of the best examples of medieval stained glass and tapestries in the world.
Chinese pottery and porcelain produced over a period of 5,000 years, making it one of the most important collections of Chinese art in Europe.
The rarest piece in the collection is the Wagner Garden rug, one of the first three Persian garden rugs in the world.
Paintings by renowned French artists including Manet, Rodin, Degas and Cézanne.
The Burrell Collection will provide a better understanding than ever before through an inclusive approach to interpretation, including dynamic digital, tactile and practical displays to give visitors a better understanding of outstanding works of artistic, historical and cultural significance and of people. who made, used or owned them.
What has changed during the renovation?
Set in the beautiful setting of Glasgow’s largest green space, Pollok Country Park, the refurbished building, with new gallery spaces, exhibits and facilities, will be an example of sustainable low carbon design. The museum’s environmental performance has been improved by significantly improving the exterior of the building and replacing the power, heating and lighting systems with more efficient, sustainable technologies.
Sir William Burrell, owner of a successful Glasgow shipping company, and his wife Constance, Lady Burrell, donated the collection to the city of Glasgow in 1944. At the time, it was described as “one of the finest gifts never made to a city in the world “.
Almost half of the funding for the £ 68.25million project has been committed by Glasgow City Council with significant contributions from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Scottish Government, the UK Government and many generous trusts and private donors .