Last chance to see hugely popular exhibition

12 April 2012

Aberdeen Art Gallery's first major exhibition of 2012, From Van Gogh to Vettriano - Hidden Gems from Private Collections ends this weekend [Sunday 15 April].

This unique exhibition gives visitors a wonderful opportunity to view international art from the 1870s to the present day which is being shown together in public for the first time.

Visitor numbers to the gallery have more than doubled to see this outstanding selection of paintings and sculpture drawn from a number of collections in the North-east.

Comparison figures for the same period of the exhibition [exhibition opened on Saturday 04 February] over the past 4 years are:


2012: 44,738

2011: 26,741

2010: 29,007

2009: 27,170


Last Thursday [05 April] when the gallery was open until 8pm 125 people took advantage of the extended opening hours. It is hoped that similar figures will be recorded tonight [12 April] as the gallery is open until 8pm again.

The exhibition spans a variety of styles and tastes and features some of the greats of modern art including Vincent van Gogh, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet and Henri Matisse, British artists Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash and Mark Gertler and modern master R.B. Kitaj. Scottish artists are well represented by E A Hornel, William McTaggart, Joseph Farquharson, S J Peploe, J D Fergusson and Jack Vettriano.

The focus of this exhibition, which has been put together by lead curator [fine art] Jennifer Melville, is on the connections between the public holdings of the city and the tastes of its private collectors which have been successfully built up over the years thanks to adventurous and ambitious collecting. A number of works on display are from the permanent collections of Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums and reflect these connections.

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums manager Christine Rew said: "We are absolutely thrilled that so many people have come to see this wonderful selection of paintings and sculpture drawn from a number of collections in the North-east. We hope to welcome many new and returning visitors before the exhibition ends this weekend."