Design of Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland, a new exhibition for National Museums Scotland, which traces Scotland’s journey into the global imagination.
Breath-taking landscapes of mountains, music, tartan, royalty and regiments are just some of the defining images of Scotland which resonate with many people around the world. This exhibition, which brings together over 300 objects, considers the origins of these ideas and invites visitors to think again about their meaning and relevance in defining Scotland today.
The exhibition takes visitors on a thematic journey using rich colour, large-scale graphics, film and dramatic lighting to highlight the objects and paintings and tell the stories which explore Scotland’s culture.
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The entrance to the exhibition features star objects inset against rich colour with large scale backdrop graphics.
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The exhibition explores how iconic objects were used to represent Scotland around the world.
Each of the different themes of the exhibition is defined by a signature colour.
Here the panelling and antlers give a nod to the Scottish baronial.
Costume features throghout the exhibition, adding to the visual richness of the displays.
Gaelic language and culture are central to the displays,
with the main narrative presented in both English and Gaelic.
A curved display of costumes takes a central position in the exhibition and allows visitors to explore the development of tartan.
Vistas and sightlines were introduced to punctuate the visitor journey
and create key points of interest.
Lighting and rich, deep colour was used to emphasise the drama of the story.
Costume adds to the richness and variety of the cased displays.
Here, painting and costume are juxtaposed to create visual and thematic links.
Immersive film content plays an important role in communicating key stories,
including some contested historical themes about the period.