The biggest event on the Glasgow art scene in 2022 is finally upon us with the 29th March reopening of the Burrell Collection after a six-year, £68 million restoration. Comprising some 9,000 artworks, antiques and artefacts, the collection was amassed by the Glasgow-born shipping merchant Sir William Burrell (1861–1958). Particularly respected as a collector of late Gothic and early Renaissance European art, including magnificent tapestries and stained glass, as well as French Impressionist paintings, Burrell was knighted in 1927 for services to art. A believer in free education for all, he gifted the collection to the City of Glasgow.
On reopening in its beautiful Pollok Country Park setting, over a third more gallery space will now enable visitors to see objects which have rarely if ever been on permanent display. Highlights cover 6,000 years of art history, including one of the most significant collections of Chinese art in the UK, ancient artefacts such as Roman sculpture and Egyptian pottery, medieval stained glass, arms and armour, over 200 tapestries which rank among the finest anywhere in the world, and paintings by renowned 19th-century French artists such as Manet, Cézanne and Degas.