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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One

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Address: 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DR, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 624 6200
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and...
Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art comprises two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two.Set in beautiful parkland close to the Water of Leith you can explore sculpture by major artists such as Ian Hamilton Finlay, Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread and Barbara Hepworth, and discover the dramatic lawn at the front of the building, designed by landscape architect, Charles Jencks.The collection at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art ranges from 1900s to the present day, including works by Matisse, Picasso, Vuillard and Dix, as well as a superb selection of paintings by Scottish artists such as Peploe, Fergusson, Gillies and Redpath. Also on display are postwar works by Bacon, Freud, Davie, Hockney and Leger and more recent pieces by Turner prize winning artists Richard Wright and Martin Creed, alongside Karla Black, Douglas Gordon and Tracey Emin to name a few.
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The National Gallery of Modern Art has a low profile, it hides in the wilds outside of Edinburgh and only reveals itself when the winds are right. Or so it seemed after I spent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The National Gallery of Modern Art has a low profile, it hides in the wilds outside of Edinburgh and only reveals itself when the winds are right. Or so it seemed after I spent two hours of searching through endless dead ends and saw Modern Two rise out of mist. After that Modern One was easy to find. They had... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Staff training in the cafe needs to be improved. After waiting in a queue for some time we were ushered through to the main room where we took our seats at one of two empty tables. Another group soon occupied the other vacant table. Three or four minutes later, as we were choosing our cakes, a member of staff brought... More 

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Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A very nice gallery, I went to see the Liechtenstein exhibit. Was better than I expected it to be, had a good mooch around and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

In their haste to tell us about art and their perceptions of art, reviewers largely neglect a most attractive feature of this gallery - the café. For those who value their stomachs as much as their aestheticism and their intensely refined perceptions of the meaning of non-representational art, the café is a welcome and civilised place to eat inside or... More 

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Edinburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A small collection which in the large exhibition space available in this wonderful building means there is plenty of room for the displays. Most of the collection however is very ‘thin’ and I wouldn’t come here just to see the work of the later 20th century artists - there is a Picasso but not great, an 'off-day' obviously. On the... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Came for the Lichtenstein exhibition but came away more impressed by the other artwork on display. Especially enjoyed seeing original cartoon strip that Roy used as source material when creating one of his iconic prints. Then his explanation as to why his artwork was so different.. Had a wander round the rest of the gallery and actually enjoyed that more.... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The landscape outside is brilliant to look at. We were there later at night so great to see it with low light. Inside it ok but outside better!

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Housed in a lovely building. We visited to see the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition which is currently on display. The descriptions accompanying each work offer a real insight into how the artist came up with his ideas and they were executed. We now have a much better appreciation of this world famous "Pop" artist. Brilliant! The rest of the museum is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

The space here is old stone exterior, stairs and the high ceilings of an old orphanage but the art is alive, daring and bold. The space has melded the old and the new harmoniously offering a wealth of wall space for varied exhibitions. The Scottish colourists I saw a while ago; now it is Escher's turn. There is always something... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

An art lovers paradise. Some fantastic modren art pieces and great for childrens imagination to understand there's all different types of art. My son went away with some brilliant ideas for his drawing and modelling.

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