From Death to Death and Other Small Tales

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art celebrates the role of the body in art by pairing its works with highlights from the D Daskalopoulos collection

The body as a topic threads through the D Daskalopoulos Collection in various ways, be it as a crucible and executor of art, a social entity, or a theatre of ideological struggle. These are themes that resonate with the gallery’s own collections, which include substantial holdings of work by Joseph Beuys (including the work that gives this exhibition its name) and pieces by Bellmer, Balthus, Ottos Dix, Magritte and Picasso.

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Pairings have been determined in order to 'draw out commonalities and differences between both collections'. for example, 'visceral' sculpture by Louise Bourgeois can be seen with the work of Marcel Duchamp, and the gallery promises a juxtaposition of the contemplative and performative as works by Rachel Whiteread and Bruce Nauman appear side by side.

Venue details

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 73/75 Belford Road Edinburgh EH4 3DR 0131 624 6200

Entry details

Free to all

Open daily, 10am – 5pm (10am – 6pm Aug)

Closed 25, 26 Dec

What the critics say


The contemporary meets the modern. They eye each other suspiciously. Or they have lively conversations. That is the story of this new exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art


From Death to Death feels spacious, spare and properly paced for slow contemplation


The Scottish National Gallery's new exhibition attempts to create a kind of dialogue between contemporary works and classic modern works