The Kelvingrove Art Gallery is one of the most recognizable buildings in Glasgow. Designed by John W. Simpson and E.J. Milner Allen in 1901, it was originally titled the Palace of Fine Arts. As a designer walking through the space, I’m the type of person who is looking at the context and not necessarily the content. I’m looking at how things are presented not necessarily the thing on display. As I entered the wing with all the busts, for me it’s not the sculptures that compel me closer, its the way they engage the viewer with the full spectrum of space. Busts hanging from the ceiling draws me more in than a bust of Queen Victoria.
The most famous painting on display at Kelvingrove is the Salvador Dali masterpiece ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’. Another big attraction is Sir Roger the Asian elephant but for me, it was a toss-up between the Spitfire plane hanging from the ceiling and the massive pipe organ that greets you as you enter the museum.
But, my favourite piece that I found in the museum was the area for the stools. Encouraging patrons to borrow them. Then explaining what they can be used for: sitting, drawing, listening to the organ, or just resting weary legs. It is probably one of the most sought after objects in the entire museum. Just don’t forget to return it when finished.