Thursday, 28 August 2014

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Opened in 1885, the collections cover fine art and applied arts, archaelogy and ethnography, natural history, social history. The Museum has the largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite works in the world, as well as Old Masters and Impressionists. Recently the modern and contemporary collections have had a new home created in the Waterhall Gallery of Modern Art, positioned just at the rear of the Museum.
Having visited the Botanical gardens in the morning, there had to be a focus to the visit to the Museum and Art Gallery, we couldn't see everything, so this is a small selection of what's available to see. Luckily we got off the bus too soon, and so were able to see the new library, but not walk to the top and get a magnificent view of the city.
 I like both these views of the library, have a look at the magnificent flower arrangements on the railings below:
 And the simply amazing vertical plant structures outside the library
The outside of the museum and art gallery was quite grand:
And inside very welcoming, first things first and off to the cafe for some lunch, then to look at the William de Morgan ceramics which were simply stunning.

It's worth visiting the museum and art gallery for these alone, but there's more, wonderful paintings such as these 2 Stanley Spencers:
 Old Tannery Mills 1939 painted in the village of Leonard Stanley in Gloucestershire
 And below, The Resurrection Tidying 1945 completed whilst working as an official war artist in the Clyde shipyards.

 Above The Miner painted in 1936 by Richard Sickert based on a press photograph showing the reunion of a miner with his wife is gloriously passionate.
 And above The Ploughing Team 1905 by Robert Bevan, a fabulous painter of horses.
I bought postcards of The Long Engagement by Arthur Hughes 1859, and Arrival at Epsom Downs for Derby Week by Sir Alfred Munnings.
This Modigliani was also worth looking at:
I didn't take an photos of the Staffordshire Hoard which is quite amazing.
 On the way back, there was a fabulous grass verge of wild flowers:
 And a lovely reflection in this glassy sided building:

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