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Article published 14/03/2024

A must-see show

A new blockbuster exhibition showcasing Sir William Burrell's complete collection of prized works by Hilaire-Germain-Degas (1834-1917) will open at The Burrell Collection on Friday 24 May 2024 announced Glasgow Life, the charity delivering culture and sport in the city.

Discovering Degas: Collecting in the Age of William Burrell is the first time visitors can marvel at all 23 Degas works from Burrell's original collection together in one place. These exquisite works will be enhanced by a display of around 50 further exceptional paintings, works on paper and sculptures on loan from some of the UK and world's finest national and international collections.

Discovering Degas gives local communities across Glasgow an exciting way to expand their connection with an exquisite collection that is housed in their city. At the same time the strength and connoisseurship of The Burrell Collection Degas works has assisted Glasgow Life Museums in fostering relationships with some of the greatest art institutions across the world, culminating in a world-class exhibition that will further strengthen the museum’s international appeal and standing.

Tickets are now on sale for Discovering Degas, which is set to be one of the must-see Scottish shows of the summer.

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Figures in a café (L'Absinthe), Edgar Degas, 1875-1876, Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay)/Adrien Didierjean

First international exhibition for museum

The Burrell’s first international exhibition since reopening in 2022 offers a unique opportunity to see a stunning array of the finest works, by one of the world’s most revered artists, exhibited together. Almost 70% of the works are coming on loan from respected collections including The Courtauld, National Museums Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, The National Gallery London, The National Museum Cardiff, and the National Galleries of Scotland in the UK and Musée d’Orsay, Paris.


The exhibition will explore the collecting and buying of Degas artworks by Sir William Burrell and his wife Constance, Lady Burrell, who donated one of the single greatest gifts to the city of Glasgow. As shown in the exhibition through fascinating letters and other archival material, Burrell is amongst the earliest Scottish collectors to buy works by Degas. Over a 40-year collecting period Burrell bought over 20 artworks by Degas, far more than any other UK collector, spanning the artist’s career.

This spring, for the first time, visitors to the Burrell can explore Sir William Burrell’s incredible collection of works, by one of the world’s most revered artists, in its entirety.

Discovering Degas promises to be a vibrant, engaging exhibition. We have drawn on everything that has made the Burrell so successful and distilled this into our Special Exhibition Programme. The exhibition will offer a unique introduction and fresh perspectives on a hugely popular art movement.

We are indebted to the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund and the many national and international collections who have loaned significant works, enabling The Burrell to host what promises to be a breath-taking show.

This exhibition will be a wonderful opportunity to view stunning international works, share the strength of Burrell’s legacy, and provide new ways for visitors to view and engage with our incredible collection.”

Pippa Stephenson-Sit, Curator of European Art at Glasgow Life Museums

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