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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: 441316246200
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Surrealist

Visited before but went again for the Surrealist Collectors exhibition, Collecting the Marvellous. £8 for concessions but worth it. Rest of Gallery is free, including a Bridget... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Must see exhibition with works by Di Chirico, Miro, Ernst, Magritte, Dali, Delvaux. Surrealism as the freedom to disobey the rules that had previously governed the act of painting, a dream world of the imagination that is frequently unsettling and often erotic. There is much to enjoy here. I particularly liked Max Ernst’s Pieta in which he replaced Mary cradling... More 

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Malaga, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a taxi to this museum from our hotel downtown. It is quite far from downtown. The art work in the museum really is not the best and I found only a few modern paintings that I liked.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 568 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Perhaps we just don't get this type of 'art' but we don't think it's art if you have to be told what you're meant to see. Sanctimonious staff don't help, either.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We always come here when we visit Edinburgh. This time the draw was the Surrealist exhibition. One of the best exhibitions of surrealism I can remember. No problem getting here, it's a short bus ride from Princes street, or a pleasant walk through the area of the Dean valley. You can get day tickets for Edinburgh buses for £4.00 which... More 

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Helensburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Totally an education to spend an hour or two absorbing the wonderful works on view here, together with the stories connected with them. Three terrific collections have been brought together with video talks by Roland Penrose's son Antony and by the German couple who have some amazing paintings. Dali, Magritte, Ernst, Miro, Man Ray and others plus some lady artists... More 

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Newcastle, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited before but went again for the Surrealist Collectors exhibition, Collecting the Marvellous. £8 for concessions but worth it. Rest of Gallery is free, including a Bridget Reilly exhibition. Bus from National Gallery on the hour from 10 except 13.00- £1 contribution. Only 16 seats and first come first served. Also has decent cafe- salads, soup, cakes etc.

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for some culture and was very impressed with the collection. I've always been a Dali fan and it was really good to see some of his work on display and close up. There's a huge amount by Miro too, which I wasn't familiar with. The building is spacious and easy to get around. There are toilets and a... More 

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Izmir, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

It is free unless there is an exhibition....The lawn at the front of Modern One, designed by Charles Jencks was full of kids is really to be visited. The exhibition "Surreal encounters" was excellent.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

Well worth the extra travel to get to it! Even if you only go to the free section. Even the grounds are a beauty. My 7yr old really enjoyed it, and even my husband thanked me for dragging him to see it.

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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Rain slightly dampened our visit but even so the outside exhibits are truly amazing. Inside you are treated to the hushed calm of most art galleries but from Picasso to Hockney it is all here. Galleries never seem busy to me, there are never hoards of folk trailing around until you get to the shop and the cafe restaurant and... More 

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