Category Archives: Museums

Kelvingrove

I went to the Kelvingrove art gallery and museum today. It really is a wonderful place – there is something for everyone. I am now persuaded of the benefits of taxidermy; how else can I really grasp how big an … Continue reading

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Paisley

A return to Paisley to visit the museum. First, I visited the abbey – a building I really can’t recall from an overnight stay years ago. Either it wasn’t there or my focus has changed drastically. It dates from the … Continue reading

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Hofmobiliendepot

The curators of this imperial furniture collection acknowledge that there’s a fine line between a museum like this and a junk shop. They even play with the idea in some of the displays: there is a veritable thicket of candelabra. … Continue reading

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Wien Museum

I didn’t fancy the likely crowds at the Belvedere or the Kunsthistorisches, so I headed for the Wien Museum, where you can look at a couple of Klimts and Schieles in peace. There was also a big exhibition on Otto … Continue reading

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MAK (Museum für angewandte Kunst)

This was the when-it-snows option, but I would have visited it anyway. MAK started life as Vienna’s version of the V&A and it has a wonderful collection of the influences on the Viennese Secession (William Morris, Emile Gallé, Mackintosh, van … Continue reading

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Louvre-Lens

The Louvre-Lens museum is barely there: almost transparent and treading very lightly on the ground (that fear of subsidence again). It rests on the site of a former pithead and is now surrounded by landscaped gardens. It’s all very clean. … Continue reading

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La Piscine, Roubaix

As a swimming pool, La Piscine must have been a haven for workers living and working in Roubaix’s textile factories. It echoed Mallet-Stevens’s call for light, sport and hygiene, but much lower down the social scale. It’s a different kind … Continue reading

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