Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two.
The galleries are set in stunning parkland, surrounded by outdoor sculptures by artists such as Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread and Barbara Hepworth. The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, previously known as the Dean Gallery, was founded in 1999 to show an extensive collection of work by the renowned Edinburgh-born artist Sir Eduardo Paolozzi and now also houses an outstanding collection of Dada and Surrealist art and literature.
Works from the Gallery’s collection, plus special loans, are presented here. The early part of the collection features French and Russian art from the beginning of the twentieth century, cubist paintings and superb holdings of expressionist and modern British art. Special highlights include paintings by Matisse and Picasso.
The Gallery also has an outstanding collection of international post-war work and the most important and extensive collection of modern Scottish art. The post-war collection features art by Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Andy Warhol and Lucian Freud, with more recent works by artists including Antony Gormley, Gilbert & George, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.
Modern Two is home to a changing programme of world-class exhibitions and displays drawn for the permanent collection. On permanent display is a fascinating recreation of Eduard Paolozzi’s studio, as well as his 7.3m tall sculpture, Vulcan, that dominates the café. Modern Two is also home to the Gallery’s substantial library and archive, open to the public by appointment, and changing displays in the Gabrielle Keiller library.
Also in Modern Two is The Stairwell Project, a large-scale, permanent work by 2009 Turner Prize winner Richard Wright. Comprising several thousand individually hand-painted forms, the piece sits as Wright’s most complex and ambitious work to date in Britain
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
73/75 Belford Road Edinburgh
0131 624 6200
Free entry to all
50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass
Sun – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Closed 25 & 26 Dec