My favourite museum is in Scotland. If you’ve never been to the Burrell Collection, I urge you to put it on your to-do list this instant. If you have been, you’ll know already how wonderful it is.
If you are in the habit of visiting stately homes and so on, you’ll already know that there is a difference between those that are still lived in and those that are lifeless. It’s hard to say what the vital factor is – there may be family photos and so on, but I’ll repeat the word lifeless, because that’s what makes the difference. Life, that undefinable but literally vital quality.
In the case of art galleries and museums, I think it’s someone’s genuine collection that counts. The Kröller-Müller was a collection; Helène bought paintings and sculptures that she loved and gave them to her country so that other people could love them too. Similarly, Sir William Burrell, a shipping magnate who used his fortune to buy wonderful pieces that he loved and then gave them to Glasgow. What a guy. It’s a fabulous place and I wrote about it when I visited it. We were on a Nadfas trip and a lot of visits were crammed into our week. The only downside to that is that, if you’d like to spend longer somewhere, it isn’t possible because of the careful schedule.
There are several places I’d love to revisit. One is India. Anywhere in India. Of course, there are other countries and cities and the thought of travel is too remote to consider without some pain, at present. But, being realistic yet hopeful, I’m going to put the wonderful Burrell Collection close to the top of my wishlist.
Links to past posts –
Art in a woodland settinghttp://razorbladeoflife.co.uk/uncategorized/art-in-a-woodland-setting/
Burrelling again http://razorbladeoflife.co.uk/uncategorized/burrelling-again/
Do click through. I’ve loved revisiting the memory.