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Anne Maxwell MacDonald’s gift to Glasgow gave the city the opportunity to build a home for the magnificent Burrell Collection, which itself was given to Glasgow in 1944 by Sir William and Lady Constance Burrell. Comprising of 9000 objects the opening of the specially built Burrell Collection in in 1983 served as a catalyst for the rejuvenation of Glasgow as a major cultural city.
The remarkable Collection holds treasures from all over the world including pottery and porcelain produced in China over a 5,000-year period making it one of the most significant collections of Chinese art in the UK, paintings by renowned French artists including Manet, Cézanne and over 20 paintings by Degas and medieval treasures including stained glass, arms and armour and over 200 tapestries which rank amongst the finest tapestries anywhere in the world.
The building itself was awarded A-listed status by Historic Scotland in February 2013 in recognition of its position as one of the country’s finest examples of 1970s architectural design. The Burrell Collection is currently undergoing a refurbishment and is due to re-open to the public in spring 2021.*
*The Burrell Collection is now closed for refurbishment from October 2016 until spring 2021 - please visit glasgowlife.org.uk for details. In the meantime, visitors can still enjoy this unique collection with changing displays at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. During the refurbishment, Burrell at Kelvingrove will give visitors an insight into treasures from the Burrell Collection, and an opportunity to help shape the redisplay of the collection and visitor facilities at the Burrell. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is situated on the edge of Kelvingrove Park, in the heart of Glasgow’s West End, approximately a 20 minute walk from the city centre.