Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - Modern Two Building
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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh is home to Scotland’s national collection of contemporary art. It is located to the west of the city in beautiful parkland near the Water of Leith, about 15 minutes walk from Princes Street. You can easily get there by a free bus which runs from the Scottish National Gallery in the city centre.

The gallery contains a Sculpture Garden and two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two.

Sculpture Garden

In the gallery’s surrounding grounds you can discover sculpture works by major artists, such as Ian Hamilton Finlay, Henry Moore and Rachel Whiteread. Landscape Designer Charles Jencks created the lawns in front of Modern One, inspired by chaos theory and shapes found in nature. The landscape combines artwork, garden and social space.

Modern One

Modern One is an impressive neo-classical building, dating from 1825 and beoming part of the gallery in 1984. You’ll find works in the permanent collection along with temporary exhibitions here. There’s French and Russian art from the beginning of the twentieth century. Also, cubist paintings, expressionist and modern British art, international post-war work and modern Scottish art. And you’ll see work from artists such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Lucian Freud, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. In addition, there’s a print-room which is open by appointment, the conservation workshop for all the National Galleries, and a cafe and shop.

Modern Two

Modern Two dates from 1833 and has been part of the gallery since 1999. It presents a changing programme of exhibitions and displays from the permanent collection. The building also houses an extensive collection of Dada and Surrealist art. The Paolozzi Gallery contains works by Scottish sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi and displays a fascinating replica of his London studio. Highlights include Paolozzi’s enormous specially commissioned sculpture Vulcan, which can be found in the Great Hall. And also Richard Wright’s Stairwell Project, a large-scale work made up of several thousand individually hand-painted forms. There is also a substantial library and archive, which is available to the public by appointment.

Visit the Scottish Naational Portrait Museum

See the National Galleries Scotland website for more information.