Aberdeen Art Gallery
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Housed in a Neo-Classical building, purpose built in 1884, Aberdeen's splendid Art Gallery houses an important fine art collection with particularly good examples of 19th, 20th and 21st century works. The Gallery has a wide range of exhibitions with an emphasis on contemporary work and an impressive permanent collection featuring such names as Damian Hirst, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Francis Bacon, Monet and Renoir. A fine collection of Aberdonian silver can be found among the decorative arts on the ground floor. Refreshments are available in the café and the Gallery Shop stocks a wide range of jewellery, gifts and stationary.
Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Coins and Medals, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History
- 22 March 2014 — 22 March 2015 *on now
Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums mark the anniversary of the commencement of the First World War with a major exhibition. Drawing on Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums rich collections it explores different aspects of Aberdeen's involvement with the Great War, one of the most important events of the 20th century. The War changed everything and was a different thing to different people at different times; it was both tragic and great in all senses. The exhibition will include creative responses to the wartime experiences of local artist James McBey, produced by participants in a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The exhibition also features James McBey War Artist. The artist's war time prints include a fine suite of etchings which evoke the devastation he witnessed in France, on the Western front. In 1917 his artistic contribution to the war effort was recognised when he was recommended for appointment as Official War Artist with the British Expeditionary Force in Egypt. He worked tirelessly, producing drawings for the War Office. Some of these images were later translated into etchings and these will be on display in the McBey Room along with sketchbooks and original photographs.
The Lady and the Vamp: Women's Wardrobes and World War One
- 31 May 2014 — 31 May 2015 *on now
This display of extravagant Edwardian costume alongside later outfits and striking portraits, explores the changing image of women and their dress before and after World War One.
It also features the first showing of a superb portrait by Aberdeen artist John Macdonald Aiken, recently purchased for the collections with the aid of generous grants from The Art Fund, the National Fund for Acquisitions, Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums and the Pilgrim Trust.
Unknown: Alison Kinnaird
- 1 December 2014 — 31 January 2015 *on now
This installation is the artist's response to the conflict in the world today and unavoidable memories of conflicts past, in this centenary year of the 'War to end all Wars'.
Glass seemed the perfect medium in which to represent the fragility of life in wartime. The army of glass figures are arranged in regimented rows, but each is uniquely engraved.
Alison Kinnaird is one of the few artists keeping alive the ancient art of wheel-engraving. She combines this with modern technology such as water-jet cutting and LEDs which trap light within the glass.
The tour of this installation is in association with Poppy Scotland, and is supported by Museums and Galleries Scotland, The Binks Trust and Lester and Mary Borley.