Exhibition Review : A day at the museum. Venue: Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery Glasgow Reviewer: Julie Maxwell, Langholm
A RAINY day in Glasgow; what is a girl to do?
A morning at the Kelvingrove Museum sounded like just the thing. A hearty breakfast in the cafe with views across the lawn and table service met the brief.
It served breakfast rolls and pastries, including vegetarian choices.
Where to go first. The main hall houses the art installation, Floating Heads, by Sophie Cave.
There are more than 50 suspended white heads with a mixture of facial expressions, like laughter and despair, making for a quizzical display.
The numerous busts and statues had a remarkable likeness of their subjects, including the 1887 Jubilee bust of Queen Victoria by sculptor Francis John Williamson.
At 1pm we took our seats for one of the delightful daily organ recitals by eminent local organists and visiting players.
For the more enthusiastic there are short tours each Friday with Dr Jim Hunter, the director of music at Kelvingrove. The tours take place after the recital and are free to join. Fine art adorns the gallery walls, with something to suit all tastes.
A particular favourite of mine is the animal and mammal area. Two elephants and a giraffe are fine examples of their enormity.
If you look closely, you might notice a crack in the trunk of the larger of the two elephants, named Sir Roger. Apparently, a child snapped his trunk one Easter. The Asian elephant toured the country with Bostock and Wombwell’s Menagerie in the late 1800s before going to live in a Glasgow zoo.
There is an area for children with lots of information and fun things to see and do.