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Aberdeen Art Gallery previews new collection approach

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October 1 2019

Aberdeen Art Gallery previews new collection approach

Aberdeen Art Gallery has opened the doors on a new approach to the display of its permanent collection ahead of the buildings formal reopening on 2 November.

Described as a dynamic new approach the £34.6m redevelopment has afforded a dramatic increase in display space with the number of available galleries increasing from 11 to 19, with a further three galleries set aside for temporary exhibitions.

This increase in floor space enables an increase in the number of permanent items on display from just 370 to 1,080, spread across a variety of different gallery spaces which also take the time to explore artists’ ideas and inspiration, their creative processes and the materials they use.

Christine Rew, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums manager, said: “We’re excited to get even more of Aberdeen’s amazingly rich and varied collection out on public display and to present it in a fresh and engaging way. Hoskins Architects and our exhibition designers, Studioarc, have done a superb job, working with us to ensure that visitors will experience the city’s treasures at their very best, against the stunning backdrop of the beautiful Art Gallery building.”

A variety of art forms and media, colour, hands-on interactives, music, innovative display methods and engaging interpretive information will also furnish visitors with all the background they could want.

Feedback Loop by Kenny Hunter, 2003, has moved from the entrance of Marischal College to take its place in Gallery 4 Human Presence
Feedback Loop by Kenny Hunter, 2003, has moved from the entrance of Marischal College to take its place in Gallery 4 Human Presence
View of the Sculpture Court with a 19th-century  plaster cast of Lorenzo di Medici by Michelangelo and Requiem by Barbara Hepworth (1957) in the background
View of the Sculpture Court with a 19th-century plaster cast of Lorenzo di Medici by Michelangelo and Requiem by Barbara Hepworth (1957) in the background

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