Friday, 1 March 2019

Leonardo da Vinci

Courtesy of Frances Dryburgh

This week, Friends were fortunate to have two talks about Leonardo da Vinci and his works.

The lecture given by Colin Bailey comprehensively covered Leonardo’s life from Vinci to Paris via Florence and Milan. He discussed Leonardo’s paintings and drawings and included the making of paper and the use of pen and ink, crayon and charcoal.

Then on Friday we had breakfast and a visit to the exhibition “Leonardo 500: A Life in Drawing  “in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Curator Pippa Stephenson introduced us to the 12 drawings on show and highlighted aspects of some of these which greatly increased our understanding.

More can be learnt about the exhibition in the article in the current newsletter written by Pippa. The exhibition is free and open until May 2019.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Visit to Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Courtesy of Frances Dryburgh

Following on from the lecture given by Emily  Malcolm in November last year, thirty friends visited GMRC  to see  the ship models. These are now housed in a purpose built pod, giving adequate space for display.
They come from the last two centuries, mainly from the heyday of ship building on the  Clyde. These are remarkably detailed and precise in their construction and have been made by craftsmen.. However, there are other vessels from foreign parts. Emily drew our attention to particular aspects of each model and gave us anecdotes about them.

Courtesy of Frances Dryburgh
We had not one but two tours because John Messner then took us on a tour of marine paintings from the collection. These gave us a picture of how the Clyde has changed in the past two centuries- from a small shallow river to the basin with many ship yards and through two world wars.
We are most grateful to John and Emily for a morning “on the water”.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Dippy the Diplodocus

© CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

Dippy, a replica of a diplodocus, has arrived in Kelvingrove. The skeleton of Dippy was dug up in Wyoming, USA in 1899. The original skeleton is in Andrew Carnegie’s Museum in Pittsburgh USA because the excavation was funded by Andrew Carnegie. In his honour, the dinosaur is named I diplodocuscarnegii. Dippy is 70 feet long and has 292 bones.
 King Edward VII visited Carnegie at Skibo Castle and saw a drawing of the reconstructed skeleton. He asked Carnegie if he could make a cast for the British Museum. Carnegie obliged and donated a plaster cast which was unveiled in 1905. It has remained in the Natural History Museum since then. A decision was made to put another exhibit in the central hall of the museum and to send Dippy on a tour of the United Kingdom. Glasgow is its fourth stop. It has to travel with a team of dedicated technicians to ensure that it is properly installed. It will be here until May 2019.
Already there have been crowds of people eager to see him/her on the only visit to Scotland- 50,000 visitors in the first fortnight.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Jack Knox –Concrete Block

Thirty Friends attended the exhibition at GOMA , Jack Knox –Concrete Block on Thursday 10th January. Jack Knox ( 1936-2015) was one of the most significant and well-respected Scottish painters of the 20th Century. The exhibition focuses primarily on the years from 1967 to 1978 but there is a collection of slides of paintings covering all his active years.
Courtesy of Frances Dryburgh
More can be read in the article in the Autumn newsletter written by Will Cooper who curated the exhibition. Will has now left to return to London and we wish him well in his new venture.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Christmas Lunch

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Christmas is the season for parties and one of the first is the Friends’ Christmas lunch in the restaurant at Kelvingrove. This year we had a full house-99 people! The food, as ever, was well prepared and well served, everyone was lucky in the raffle and the company was excellent.
Courtesy of Frances Dryburgh
Our thanks are due to Brian and his staff in the restaurant, to Catherine and her staff in the shops and to the Executive, particularly Joanne and Linda.