Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
- | 0131 624 6200
- | www.nationalgalleries.org
- 50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass.
- View venue & entry details
Scotland's national collection of modern and contemporary art is housed in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two.
The galleries are set in stunning parkland, surrounded by outdoor sculptures by artists such as Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread and Barbara Hepworth.
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, previously known as the Dean Gallery, was founded in 1999 to show an extensive collection of work by the renowned Edinburgh-born artist Sir Eduardo Paolozzi and now also houses an outstanding collection of Dada and Surrealist art and literature.
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art holds more than 5,000 items of 20th-century art, including works by Matisse, Picasso, Bacon, Hockney, Warhol, Freud, Gormley and Hirst. A major rehang in 2015 resituated the works so as the masters of modern Scottish art could be seen hanging alongside that of their European contemporaries. This new way of presenting the works aims to reveal the importance of international and local contexts.
In addition to the Paolozzi collection, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two's Dada and Surrealist collection features works by Dalí, Miró, Ernst, Magritte and Picasso. It is also home to The Stairwell Project, a large, permanent installation by Richard Wright comprising thousands of individually hand-painted forms.
Art Funded works
In 1994, the Art Fund helped the Gallery to acquire Tracey Emin's Family Suite: 20 drawings dealing with the artist's archetypal themes of sex, her family, her abortions and Margate.
Joan Miró's Maternité is celebrated as one of the masterpieces of his early maturity. A symbolic homage to fertility and womanhood, the painting's wit comes from its highly distilled images. A female ideogram stands in for a woman, each breast supporting a wriggling child. A sperm-like creature at the centre of the painting reflects the male's sole role in the process.
Six life-size cast iron figures appear at various points along the Water of Leith, from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to the harbour where the river meets the sea. These form Anthony Gormley's 6 Times – the first publicly sited work by the artist in Scotland. Gormley said of the project: 'It is wonderful to have the chance to make a work that connects so many different parts of this great city. When you see one you will, perhaps, remember another. The idea is to connect to time, weather and place and play part in the making of a scene, a picture, a reality, incomplete without you: the observer.'
A major rehang in 2015 saw the creation of a memorial display celebrating the work of the Scottish sculptor, painter and printmaker William Turnbull, who had died three years earlier. Included are a set of paintings and bronze sculptures acquired by the gallery in 2014 with Art Fund support. It also features 23 works on paper – displayed here for the first time – which were presented by the artist’s family through the Art Fund.
Cafés at both venues offer freshly prepared, locally-sourced food with at least one vegetarian option. Maps of a sculpture trail around the grounds are available at the galleries' main entrances.