Glasgow Antiques and Fine Arts Society
Outing to Dundee – 21 May 2019
V&A Design Museum & McManus Art Gallery & Museum
V&A Design Museum
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The Victoria & Albert Museum, Dundee is a design museum and the first one of the V&A design museums outside London.
It opened in September 2018.
The plan for the museum, to be built as part of the development of Dundee’s waterfront was first suggested in 2007 by Professor Georgina Follet, Dean of the Duncan of Jordanstone, College of Art & Design, which is linked to the V&A in London.
The design competition in 2010 was won by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma whose design plan was inspired by the north-eastern cliffs of Scotland.
The building has a “prow”, jutting over the water like a boat, recalling the shipbuilding heritage of the city.
The Museum consists of a main hall, learning centre, auditorium, temporary exhibition gallery and permanent Scottish Design galleries
McManus, Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum
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The Gallery & Museum offers a fascinating insight to Dundee’s history with 8 galleries to explore.
The concept of the Gothic revival building was originally commissioned as a memorial to Prince Albert and was designed by George Gilbert Scott.
It opened its doors in 1867, celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017.
It was originally named the Albert Institute of Literature, Science and Art but renamed in 1984, after a refurbishment, to honour Maurice McManus, Dundee’s Lord Provost from 1960 to 1967.
It houses a museum & art gallery with a collection of fine and decorative art and a natural history collection