Hang it All! Changing Fashions in the Display of Art in our National Galleries

Date: Wednesday 29 October 2014
Place: Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery
Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm
Cost: £12 per ticket, Friends and guests (includes a glass of wine)
Capacity: 200
Booking required: tickets available from the Friends office.
Please enter via the back door of the Academy building

What is the best way to show off a nation’s art treasures? Should a gallery entice its visitors in with sumptuous and palatial interiors or should it offer a restrained neutral background for the art on display? The Scottish National Gallery made headlines throughout the museum world during the 1980s when Timothy Clifford lavishly redecorated the galleries in what came to be referred to as ‘the country house style’. The most recent refurbishment has been more low-key, but still raises intriguing questions about shifting values in the art of displaying art. Dr Anne Galastro, specialist in museum history, will explore the changing attitudes to display at Scotland’s National Gallery.