Burrell Collection, Glasgow

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    The Burrell Collection

    by Drever Written Mar 23, 2014
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    Sitting on the edge of Pollock Park with a prize herd of highland cattle grazing nearby sits a custom-built, ultramodern, building of pink sandstone and stainless steel. With walls of glass, which look onto woodlands, its circular concrete columns complement the acres of wood in walls and ceilings. Encompassing open airy spaces and intimate areas of seclusion, it displays the eclectic Burrell Collection to its maximum advantage. The museum displays a rotating selection of around 3,000 of the 8,000 items at any one time.

    The airy courtyard near the entrance is my favourite parts of the building. The Warwick Vase, a Roman marble urn once owned by the Emperor Hadrian, sits in the middle surrounded by sculptures including some by Rodin. On three sides of the courtyard are reproductions of some of the rooms in Burrell's house, Hutton Castle at Berwick-upon-Tweed, furnished in Gothic style. You can see a vast aggregation of furniture, textiles, ceramics, stained glass, silver, art objects, and pictures in the dining room, hall, and drawing room. Their cluttered fussy interiors contrast sharply with the modernity of the building containing them.

    The art objects amassed in a lifetime by the Glasgow shipping magnate Sir William Burrell could warrant a full day of examination. The building itself uses some parts of the collection—stone doorways, such as the Hornby Portal, window surrounds and gargoyle type things—in the architecture of the building. Visitors pass through 12th century stone arches to find more delights on the other side. Old stained glass panels are suspended down one side of the gallery, hung on the glass panelled wall of the wood framed building so they can be viewed against the natural light of the green and gracious parkland outside.

    Wander round the collections. There's everything from ancient Roman and Egyptian and Chinese ceramics, bronzes, and jade to Georgian porcelain. There's needlepoint and embroidery from Tudor to Victorian age, carpets, huge tapestries and suits of armour. There’s medieval art, alabasters, stained glass, English oak furniture and modern sculpture, including works by Epstein and Rodin. There’s European paintings, including works by Degas ‘The Rehearsal’ and Sir Henry Raeburn's ‘Miss Macartney’.

    Sir William Burrell was a shipping magnate, and a collector. He collected art and museum pieces and cataloged the whole thing in school exercise books. He bequeathed the collection to the city of Glasgow in 1944 with the provision that they erect a building for it outside of the grime and soot of the city. It took Glasgow 30 years to decide where to put the building before deciding on Pollock Park.

    There is a cafe on site, and you can roam through the surrounding park, 5km (3 miles) south of the River Clyde. You can get there via buses 45, 48, and 57 from Union Street.

    This collection is a must see for visitors to the city. Whether its art, history or just a place to relax it is the place to go. Its free!

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    The Burrell Collection

    by gordonilla Updated Aug 7, 2010

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    The collection belonged to the shipping magnate, Sir William Burrell. It is comprised of over 8000 objects. As a teenager I recall seeing a BBC documentary about the collection - it was in storage as it had no home of its own. This was resolved when the Pollok family bequeathed land to the City Council for the use of the population. (two birds with one stone so to speak)

    They regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, and runs an extensive programme of events and activities for both adults and families with children.

    The museum was opened in 1983 by HM Queen Elizabeth II.

    There are two eateries and a shop within the facility.

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    A must-see collection

    by ange_famine Updated Feb 9, 2009

    Sir William Burrell started collecting art when he was sixteen and only stopped with death, when he was well in his nineties. He gave his collection to Glasgow in 1944 under a few conditions:
    ^v^ it should be housed as far away from Glasgow as possible, surrounded by nature
    ^v^ the collection should never be separated and the items never sent abroad

    After a design competition in 1971, the building was finally built inside Pollock Park, at the edge of a field surrounded by a forest, that we can see through the glass walls. This allows nature to come in the collection as well as natural light to come through the tainted glass.

    You'll see:
    ^v^ Three reconstitutions of Hutton Castle, Burrell's house (the Dining Room, the Hall, the Library)
    ^v^ A hall with trees, a medieval portal, sculptures by Rodin (notably my beloved Age of Bronze) and the Warwick Vase from Hadrian's villa (you'll see a little brother of it in the British Museum Library)
    ^v^ Egyptian / Roman / Ancient section
    ^v^ Asian three colours ceramics: the Luohan has got a brother at the British Museum, signed by the same artist
    ^v^ A lot of china
    ^v^ Medieval weapons and costumes - needlework
    ^v^ Christian art (notably alabaster scenes - as you can see in the Victoria & Albert)
    ^v^ Tainted Glass (especially from France and Germany)
    ^v^ Tapestries (check the Bible one)
    ^v^ Suzanis and Middle East carpets
    ^v^ The Henry VIII room
    ^v^ Paintings: a self-portrait by a young Rembrandt, then, upstairs, large Degas collection, as well as Sisley, Boudin, Whistler, Cezanne, Cranach the Elder,...

    Free entrance and free tours, sometimes by the curators themselves

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    in the country (in the city)

    by iaint Written Dec 3, 2006
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    Visit the Burrell collection, located in Pollok Park just south of city centre. Wonderful collection of art & artefacts. Rodin, for example.

    In a building opened in 1980s, inside the park. Good food in cafe, and you can walk in the park too. Great in all seasons, but autumn very good.

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  • Like meeting an old friend

    by Roquecitiestour Updated Oct 8, 2006
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    There are so many well known art objects here from Rodin to Degas. The Hutton rooms and the ancient egyptian collections aligned with a huge glass wall onto forested trees is a piece of art work on itself.

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    A section of history

    by TravellingSpirit Written Feb 7, 2006

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    The Burrell Collection is a massive but slightly strange conglomoration of ancient and less ancient works of art and artifacts. It was gifted to the City and people of Glasgow in the 1940s by Sir William Burrell (hence it's name). There has been some controversy around how some items were acquired, but it certainly makes for an interesting day's viewing and for art lovers and historians alike there are some real gems to be seen.

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    A collector's museum

    by euli Written Jul 15, 2005

    The Burrell Collection is one of my favourite places to visit when I'm in Glasgow. The museum itself is an architect's inspiration. The building's amalgamation of wood, concrete, glass and the greenery outside seem to make peace with each other and that peace transpires into the visitor's soul.

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    MORE ON THE BURRELL

    by zuriga Updated Apr 10, 2005

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    Asian Collection

    The Burrell Collection is about 3 miles south of Glasgow on the A77. 9,000 pieces of art are stored here and were a gift to the city of Glasgow. It's amazing what this collector accumulated in his lifetime. This is a part of the Asian collection.

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    Burell

    by margaretvn Written Jul 18, 2004

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    The Burrell Collection in Glasgow is a wonderful and varied collection. It was given to the city in 1944 by Sir William Burrell. Burrell (1861-1958) was a wealthy shipping agent. He stipulated that the collection was to be kept together and a purpose built museum was built in 1983.

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    THE BURRELL COLLECTION

    by hevbell Updated Apr 21, 2004

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    Warwick Vase

    This airy courtyard near the entrance to the museum is one of my favourite parts of the building. The Warwick Vase [in the photo] sits in the middle surrounded by sculptures including some by Rodin. On three sides of the courtyard are the "mock ups" of rooms from Burrells castle so it almost serves as their "garden".

    A competition was held to design the building that would hold the collection. The winning design actually uses some parts of the collection - stone doorways, such as the Hornby Portal, window surrounds and gargoyle type things - in the architecture of the building. Despite having been built 20 years ago (it opened in 1983) it still feels really modern.

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    BURRELL COLLECTION

    by hevbell Updated Apr 21, 2004

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    Burrell Collection

    This collection was amassed by a guy called Sir William Burrell and eventually he gifted it to the City of Glasgow in 1944. They built this museum specially to house the collection when they were also given Pollok Park. The collection is really amazing and there is so much stuff on display even though that is only a fraction of the whole collection. There are tapestries, lots of stained glass (so pretty!), paintings (a lot of Degas, Manet, a Cezanne as I recall & plenty others), sculptures (couple by Rodin in the courtyard area), artifacts from ancient Egypt, Asia, Greece and mock ups of 3 of the rooms in Burrells castle.

    In the first couple of months of this year I went to see special Whistler [as part of Glasgows year of Whistler exhibits in 2003] and Turner exhibits.

    Entry is free although you have to pay to park there so be prepared. Its about £1.60, pay & display

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    Culture

    by McPee Written Apr 9, 2004

    Great place to see. Just as important is stepping back and looking at the drive of the person who collected all of this (Burrell) from relatively humble beginnings.

    Make sure you WALK from there to Maxwell House about 1 km away. You will see Glasgows "City Farm" with highland cows.

    Maxwell House is the source of the coffee trade.

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    Burrell Collection

    by tvor Written Mar 17, 2003

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    Sir William Burrell was a shipping magnate, and a collector. He collected art and museum pieces and catalogued the whole thing in school exercise books. He bequeathed the collection to the city of Glasgow in 1944 with the provision that they erect a building for it outside of the grime and soot of the city. It took Glasgow 30 years to decide where to put the building and it was built in Pollock Park outside the city.

    It's amazing! There's everything from ancient Roman and Egyptian and Chinese artifacts to Georgian porcelain. There's needlepoint and embroidery from Tudor to Victorian age. Some huge tapestries. Suits of armour. Paintings. The whole collection isn't on view at any given time because there is so much of it. It's well worth a drive out or catch one of the Discover Glasgow tour busses that go out that way.

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    BURRELL COLLECTION

    by zuriga Updated Apr 10, 2005

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    Burrell Collection

    A fantastic collection of art, furniture...you name it. It all belonged to one family - the Burrells and was donated to the city. Admission is free.

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