Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
1856 Governance: Local Authority Scope: Art, applied art, Archaeology, ethnography, local history Visited: Spring 2019
Brighton museums (and the Pavilion) are still owned and managed by the
Council - but then Brighton is an exceptional place in various ways. The Museum is part of the Pavilion complex and could almost be a mosque of old Al-Andalus. Inside it's just as striking: gorgeous
encaustic tiles accompany you up a staircase at the rear of the grand central
atrium, and on the upper floor Moorish arches open into vistas of distant
displays are very eclectic and there is no coherent story, rather a
of glittering fragments, but everything is sort-of there, from fishing
Prinny and his Regency pretensions, Mods and Rockers on 1960s beaches
moving examination of contemporary trans identity. There are strong
galleries, and rooms of global cultural artefacts put into human
well with lots of opinion from the people they belong to culturally.
Like almost every museum which has a significant Ancient Egyptian
collection, it seems, Brighton displays its in a sepulchral looping
walkway of subdued light and eerie backlit cases.
thought the crowning glory of the museum is that great central atrium, devoted
to a ravishing collection of twentieth-century decorative art. It's a
charismatic space, spectacularly rendered with some of the most sumptuous kit
I've ever seen in a single museum gallery.