75 Belford Road
Distance: 7.5 miles
Drive time: 19 minutes
01 January 12:00 – 17:00
January to July 10:00 – 17:00
August 10:00 – 18:00
September to December 10:00 – 17:00
25 and 26 December
Home to Scotland’s national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two. Modern One first opened in 1960 at Inverleith House, prior to moving to its present location, an imposing neo-classical building designed by William Burn in 1825, on Belford Road in 1984. Modern Two, originally build as the Dean Orphan Hospital by Thomas Hamilton in 1833, opened in 1999 just across the road from Modern One.
Modern One houses permanent collection displays and temporary art exhibitions, as well as a print-room, the conservation workshop, a café and a shop. The collection features French and Russian art from early 20th century, cubist paintings, expressionist and modern British and Scottish art. Noticeable works include paintings by Matisse and Picasso. The Gallery’s collection also includes international post-war works by artists such as Francis Bacon, David Hockey, Andy Warhol, Lucian Freud, Antony Gormley, Gilbert & George, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.
Modern Two displays an extensive collection of Dada and Surrealist art, as well as work by the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi and a recreation of Paolozzi’s London studio. The space further features The Stairwell Project, a large-scale, permanent work by 2009 Turner Prize winner Richard Wright, which includes several thousand individually hand-painted forms. Modern Two also houses the Gallery’s substantial library and archive.
Admission to the venue is generally free of charge, except for some special exhibitions.
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