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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two (Dean Gallery)

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Address: 73 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DS, Scotland
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Please note: while Modern One is being rehung for our upcoming GENERATION...

Please note: while Modern One is being rehung for our upcoming GENERATION exhibition there's still an opportunity to catch our highly acclaimed JD Fergusson exhibition at Modern Two.

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. On permanent display is a fascinating recreation of Eduard Paolozzi's studio, as well as his 7.3M tall sculpture, Vulcan, that dominates the cafe. Also in Modern Two is The Stairwell Project, a large-scale, permanent work by 2009 Turner Prize winner Richard Wright.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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So much talent within

We found the talent within to be exceptional. The rooms that house the modern art are themselves beautiful works of art. Well worth a visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We found the talent within to be exceptional. The rooms that house the modern art are themselves beautiful works of art. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A freezing January afternoon was rescued by this beautiful building, its cafe and the art it is home to. There's less of that than in one over the road - there was a great temporary paid-for exhibition on when I was there. The wind was howling and the whole place was mightily atmospheric. Go.

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England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

nothing out of ordinary really. i was constantly reminded i can't keep carrying my back pack on my back which was a bit annoying as it meant i had to drag it on the floor almost as it was my day pack. nice environment. the garden outside was the key attraction for me with the way it was landscaped. free... More 

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Thank Sal S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you understand and you have a great knowledge about art, it's a worthy visit. However, with my girl we are not such a big fans of Art, but we enjoyed it in our way :)

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Modern One and Two( formerly the Dean gallery) are just divided by a road. The curators and wardens are very welcoming and charming and the nature of the exhibitions really exciting and sometimes challenging. Well worth the visit, an Art bus will take you there for £1.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of our favourite venues and a great walk along the Waters of Leith from Stockbridge. 2 excellent museums within 200 yards of each other and sharing the responsibility of modern art and exhibitions for Edinburgh. Great buildings, well adapted and truly good cafes with the best cheese scones in Scotland! Become a friend for £50 and get free entry... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's located in lovely area not far from the water of Leith, walking along it you can get to the beautiful stockbridge. The gallery contains a permanent collection with a wide range of modern and contemporary artist, mainly european and from US + temporary exhibitions. Beautiful park surrounds it and cafe place inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

The exhibition of Scottish Women artists was one of the best I have ever seen. And the cafe served the BEST CHEESE SCONES ever.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This was my first visit to the Gallery of modern Art and I loved it. It's a place where you can relax, experience modern art in many different forms and perhaps gain some cultural inspiration.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

We had an enjoyable morning viewing the Scottish women artists exhibition after a relaxing coffee in the cafe where we were made welcome. Afterwards we had an enjoyable lunch from a menu of interesting dishes well prepared. The toilet decor is not to be missed. The whole visit represented good value.

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Stockbridge & Dean Village
Just downhill of New Town and attractively straddling a river near the elegant Royal Botanic Garden, it’s small wonder that Stockbridge became one of the city’s first hip neighborhoods. It’s now one of Edinburgh’s most desirable, though many bohemian touches have fallen away as its residents have matured and the area has gentrified. Some second-hand shops cling on, but mostly residents display refined tastes in basement bistros, gastropubs, coffee and antique shops, boutiques and delis and at the Sunday farmers' market. A pleasant ten-minute walk away, along a leafy riverside path beside the gurgling Water of Leith, lies Dean Village. This sleepy neighborhood of medieval half-timbered houses still retains much of the village feel it had when watermills plied their trade here. Beyond, the wooded riverside path feels even more remote as it climbs to the sculpture gardens of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
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