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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 building and art collection

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... read more

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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 2 days ago NEW

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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Manchester
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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Tayport, Scotland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a marvellous opportunity to see so many of her works and personal letters etc. The displays are amazing and should not be missed. From the Glasgow tenements of the early 1950s onward to the relatively remote Catterline coast and surrounding countryside, her work is spectacular, bold and amazingly perspective. There is something immensely sad about the fact that... More 

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a really fab soup and salad - loved every mouthful. I know that sounds odd - it was just a soup and salad, but it was so well made and so tasty. Highly recommend this for a stop - the gallery's worth the visit too!

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely amazing the size of the paintings. Its a big place with lots of pictures to look at. Had an extremely un-helpful guard who was grumpy so we decided to leave the second time we went.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I know my opinion is very subjective. However, things I have seen do not look like arts to me. Arts for me is Mona Lisa or things like that.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a fantastic exhibition by the Scottish artist Joan Eardley. A day spent just wandering around the museum with an afternoon being amazed by her fantastic works of art . All depicting Scottish scenes . This is on until the end of May and well worth a visit .

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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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