The Linda McCartney Retrospective to be exhibited in the UK for the first time

A major retrospective of photography by Linda McCartney will be shown in the UK for the first time at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow from 5th July 2019 to 12th January 2020.


The Linda McCartney Retrospective
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland
Friday 5th July 2019 – Sunday 12th January 2020.

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The Linda McCartney Retrospective, curated by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, features iconic names and moments in music from the 1960s along with more intimate and emotional later work by this acclaimed and prolific photographer. It was first shown at the Kunst Haus Wien Museum, Vienna and subsequently at The Pavillon Populaire, Montpellier and Daelim Museum in Seoul with Kelvingrove securing the Retrospective’s first UK display.

The exhibition planned for Kelvingrove features a wealth of ephemera and archive material, which is to be shown in public for the first time. This will include one of Linda’s diaries from the 1960s, her cameras, photographic equipment and vintage magazines that have been uncovered from her expansive archive.

The range of material to be displayed reflects the McCartney family’s passion for Linda’s work and their desire for the extensive contents of her archives to be accessible to a wider audience.

“Linda would have been so proud of this exhibition being held in Scotland, a country she loved so much and spent so many happy days in.”

- Paul McCartney
Linda Self Portrait

Stella McCartney said: “Through these images you meet the real mother I knew. You see her raw and deep talent and passion for her art and photography. Ahead of her time on every level this mother of four still held her camera close like a companion, she captures the world around her through her eyes and this can be seen on the walls around the exhibition. Her humour, her love of family and nature and her moments framed with a slight surreal edge… Scotland was one of her favourite places on earth, and so many images were taken there. Enjoy her passion and compassion…”

The Retrospective will feature a section dedicated to the photographs Linda took in Scotland alongside the themes of the sixties, family life, self portraits, nature, social commentary and the processes and techniques Linda used as a photographer.

Outside of London, Kelvingrove is one of the most visited museums in the United Kingdom and in the top three ‘free to enter’ visitor attractions in Scotland. It houses one of Europe’s great art collections and opened to the public in 1901. The Linda McCartney Retrospective will be held in the museum’s recently renovated temporary exhibition space with other art highlights throughout the museum including Salvador Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross and Claude Monet’s Vétheuil.

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council, commented: “The Linda McCartney Retrospective” at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is set to be one of the most highly anticipated exhibitions opening in 2019.We are delighted to be showing this fascinating exhibition which explores the full spectrum of photographic work by Linda McCartney, from her early career as a woman photographer working in a sector dominated at the time by men to her documentation of her family life and the natural world.”

The Linda McCartney Retrospective
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland
Friday 5 July 2019 – Sunday 12 January 2020. 
Open Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am to 5pm and Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.
Tickets: £7 adults / £5 concessions. Under 16s go free.