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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two (Dean Gallery)

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Stockbridge & Dean Village
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Address: 73 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DS, Scotland
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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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Impressive collection of modern art

Two great modern art galleries side by side, with lovely art inside a magnificent building. The collections are impressive, great sculptures and paintings - the cafe even has a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two great modern art galleries side by side, with lovely art inside a magnificent building. The collections are impressive, great sculptures and paintings - the cafe even has a huge two story sculpture. The downstairs exhibition spaces are permanent exhibitions that you can enter without a ticket, upstairs is a changing exhibitions space and you will need a ticket for... More 

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Both art galleries are worth a look at if you like modern art .it has a picaso and warholes to name but a few. good coffe and cake in both cafes would recommend. ?

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Cellardyke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gallery has brought together previously unseen works, letters from Joan's time spent in Town near Glasgow and Catterline on North East coast. The works and accompanying descriptions evoke a strong empathy for both the subjects and for Joan and are very moving. This is art with a very human side, made all the more real when you please about... More 

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cumbria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very good presentation of the two sides of Joanne Eardley's work, well supported with letters and pictures

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Gurnee, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are Galleries One and Two, which are mansions across the street from one another. The outdoor installations were interesting, but the day we visited, it was not warm enough to stay out and enjoy them fully. The inside portions of the museums were a bit disappointing. The art was modern and interesting, but presented in a very traditional art... More 

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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I try to get on with modern art, but struggle to see its worth, I am a traditionalist at heart and I'm afraid it isn't for me, although well exhibited and the people were friendly. Worth a visit on a cold wintery day.

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Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In a lovely location and set in extensive grounds, this art gallery houses Scottish and international art in spacious rooms. Pleasantly surprised to find an exhibition of Bridget Riley's work on display.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for the Joan Eardley exhibition which was very well and interestingly presented. It's an impressive building in extensive grounds. Shop has good, non-tacky, products, cards, art books etc.

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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

An absolutely breathtaking exhibition covering a huge range of Eardley's work. Her Catterline paintings are vibrant and moody and her Glasgow street children drawings are empathetic and quirky. Possibly the best exhibition we've seen at the Modern. Lunch at the cafe was light and tasty, with a good selection on the menu.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Gallery is divided into two parts and there is always something on between them. FREE permanent collections are well worth a detour. There are wonderful cafes and gift shops, grounds are very expansive and romantic , and the whole experience of being there is very uplifting

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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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