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“A very positive experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two (Dean Gallery)

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two (Dean Gallery)
73 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DS, Scotland
44 131 624 6200
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Ranked #58 of 199 attractions in Edinburgh
Type: Art Museums
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Owner description: 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 café. 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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“A very positive experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We went to see the Peploe exhibition which was very good, well presented and interesting. I loved the shop too, and also the tiles in the Toilets are really woth having a look at !

Visited December 2012
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“Always Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

The exhibition at time of writing is devoted to the works of S. J. Peploe and doesn't disappoint. Well curated, with excellent information notes (I'd forgotten my reading glasses and so used the large print books available in each room), this exhibition really revealed Peploe's style and techniques as they changed over his lifetime.
The Gallery itself is set in beautiful tranquil grounds not too far from the city centre.
There is an excellent cafe serving good food at a reasonable prices.
I was disappointed to note that the gigantic ceiling-high work of Vulcan by Paolozzi is now surrounded by tables, as an extension of the cafe - I feel this is an insult to the piece and demeans it.

Visited January 2013
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“Cool gallery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Really cool gallery to see some pretty interesting modern art. Even the bathrooms are interesting haha

Visited December 2012
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“Fabulous exhibition of S J Peploe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Brilliantly curated exhibition with wonderful information (thank heavens for the large print books as the labels are verysmall!). Well staged and lit and beautifully laid out. A highlight of our tour.

Visited November 2012
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“Smart Gallery Close to City Centre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

This is half of the NG of Modern Art (One, being across the road). The former Dean Gallery is a fine gallery space, set in large grounds close to the city centre. Rotating exhibitions regularly bring high quality art to the venue. The other half (One) is probably the better exhibition space, but Two is certainly worth visiting. Fine food in the cafe though the pleasant service can be a little slow.

Visited November 2012
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