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“Peaceful and Beautiful”

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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, 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.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Peaceful and Beautiful”
Reviewed May 18, 2014

A wonderful introduction to a great modern artist that I hardly knew before (Louise Bourgeois). The space in the gallery is perfect for the large canvasses and installations. The staff is friendly, admission is free and the shops has a good selection of post cards and books and gifts.
The garden is a work of art in its own right.

Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 14, 2014

Nice museums in pleasant grounds. Obviously tastes will vary but I'd recommend the Fergusson exhibition and the outside sculptures

Visited May 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Larger Mixed and Open Exhibits”
Reviewed May 11, 2014

The gallery has nice green space around the building. The building itself is been incorporated with art. The round hill with a pond has man of the patrons walking in circles before or after they enter the museum.

The gallery has some exhibits from current local artist competitions or awards as well as international artists who represent the periods and style of art to this museum. The gallery itself is a part of the art with its neon on the building.

Inside there are more large modern art pieces and interpretive works.

Free shuttle from here back to the Scottish National Galleries.

Visited May 2014
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Aberdour, United Kingdom
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“Two for the price of one”
Reviewed May 5, 2014

Gallery One and Two are on opposite sides of Belford Road and are free except for the special exhibitions, the Scottish Colourists are currently upstairs in Gallery Two. One is currently showing a free exhibition by Louise Bourgeois, some of the exhibits are sexually explicit so may not be suitable for younger visitors. The exhibit notes are clear and helpful. There is a nice bright cafe offering meals and snacks at very competitive prices. The menu was not to my taste but the menu in Gallery Two was different so there should be some thing for everyone. There did appear to be a lack of trays in Gallery One's cafe.

The ground floor in Gallery Two is exhibiting a wide range from different artists including Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso and well worth a visit even if you find some of the art challenging. There is also a gallery shop offering a range including jewellery and glassware.

There is a large car park behind Gallery One with a very modest charge of £1 for four hours.

There are also sculpture exhibits in the gardens of both sites.

Visited May 2014
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“Definatley worth a visit”
Reviewed April 25, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed visiting mueum 1 and 2. A word of warning however. There is a small complimentary bus that runs between both museums . They cannot guarantee you a place on the return journey and unfortunately we watched 2 people being left behind. The driver was very apologetic and directed them to the nearest bus stop.

Visited April 2014
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