Scotland's Fine Aberdeen Art Gallery
The Aberdeen Art Gallery was first opened in the year 1885, and is one of the most visited galleries in Scotland. A local Scottish architect by the name of Alexander Marshall McKenzie designed the beautiful building that is home to the Aberdeen Art Gallery. Approximately 300 000 visitors flock to the Art Gallery of Aberdeen each year to appreciate the breathtaking architecture and the spectacular collection of Scottish art that is on display. The Aberdeen Art Gallery prides itself on its wide range of temporary and permanent exhibitions that ensure that visitors from all over the world can enjoy their collections.
The diverse art collections that are housed in the Art Gallery of Aberdeen attract visitors of various ages and different interests. Not only do they display paintings, but costumes, ceramics, sculptures and silverware. Many international exhibits are hosted at the gallery and always have the best and the latest contemporary art on display. These special exhibits have given the Aberdeen Art Gallery a reputable name in the art and culture circles and have established a faithful following of art enthusiasts.
The art collections on display include nineteenth and twentieth century paintings and sculptures with exquisite works by Francis Bacon and Stanley Spencer, with post-impressionist and impressionist artists such as Renoir, Monet, Degas and Bonnard. The work of the Glasgow Boys, namely Sir James Guthrie and Sir John Lavery are also on display. The Applied Art and crafts division of the gallery has a wonderful range of furniture, textiles and metalwork on display that is rich in decorative and stylish techniques. Jewelry, Chinese ceramic and works of silver reflect the talents of the craftsmen of the day and the fashion drawings, porcelain and tapestry, that of the creative minds that left such beautiful items for the present day public to enjoy.
The Aberdeen Art Gallery has a Gallery Shop available to visitors, where books, souvenirs, prints and postcards are sold. Visitors will also be able to purchase spectacular ceramics, jewelry and glass pieces. The licensed café at the gallery provides baked goods, snacks and drinks. This is definitely one of the most interesting and educational galleries in Scotland, and is well recommended.