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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
Phone Number: +44 131 624 6200
10:00 - 17:00
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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. 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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Joan Eardley amazing

Travelled all the way from Cornwall to see this exhibition . It was perfection as was the building, grounds and staff and cafe. Not to be missed , pop across the road to the other... read more

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Bude, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Travelled all the way from Cornwall to see this exhibition . It was perfection as was the building, grounds and staff and cafe. Not to be missed , pop across the road to the other gallery too. From this gallery lovely walk down the water of Leith to Stockbridge . Highlight of our Edinburgh trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The opening of the exhibition of Joan Eardley's works has to be taken in! This is a wonderfully put together social history documenting Eardley's passage from Glasgow to the north east of Scotland. Wonderful photographs of the Townhead area and its local population from the 1950' and 60's providing the back drop to Eardley's wonderful paintings of street children. Good... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set in some lovely grounds a short walk from the city centre, the National Gallery of Modern Art is definitely worth a visit, even though some of the rooms were closed when we were there. Loved the surrealist room in particular and it was nice to have a hot drink in the cosy little tea-room afterwards.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is contained in two buildings within easy walking distance of one another. The day we visited several of the galleries were closed for installation. Nevertheless, there was plenty to see. I discovered a few artists who were new to me, which is always a pleasure. We had an absolutely delicious lunch in the cafe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great selection of modern art...only one room was open when we were there but it was still incredible. Really worth the visit!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The gallery is located on the other side of Belford Road to Modern Art One and is around a mile from the Haymarket area of the city. On display at present is an exhibition called 'A New Order' by Karla Black and Kishio Suga which was quite avant garde. I enjoyed more the Surrealist collection which contained work by Salvador... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is very special if you go there: traditions mixed with the ideas of modern artists, unusual expositions. The place is attractive, clean with all necessary facilities. The café is great and famous for its delicious food.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited the Museum many times for specific exhibitions and just for the chance to do something different. From the approaches and the gardens to the many and varied exhibits its a delight. Recommend that you take some time out and explore at your leisure.

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We only visited SNG1 because SNG2 had, what seemed for us a rather pedestrian series of temporary shows in the gallery.Perhaps unfairly we expected a more stimulating collection of art given the reputaion of 'Glasgow Art'. Although there were some outstanding pictures, the bulk of the work comprised second grade output from well known artists. It felt rather like a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The two period buildings that house this collection are set in a fine spot that can be reached by car, bus or a delightful walk along the River Leith walkway and on arrival I was reminded that Modern Art Two also had the stunningly beautiful landscaped lake and mound created by Charles Jencks to set it off. Although the Paolozzi... More 

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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 neighbourhoods. 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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