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Explore the latest modern and contemporary gems to be added to Scotland’s exceptional national collection, from Salvador Dalí’s iconic lobster telephone to a life-size bronze sculpture by Damien Hirst.

Over 100 works will be on display, taking up the entire ground floor of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The pieces start around the early 20th century – considered one of the most influential periods in the history of art – and include treasures such as an early cubist collage by Pablo Picasso sat side-by-side with contemporary creations incorporating computer technologies.

Work by famous artists like the witty surrealist René Magritte, known for his thought-provoking images derived from ordinary everyday objects, and the early modernist painter and printmaker Marc Chagall, will be on display along with lesser-known artists whose work deserved more recognition.

Two intriguing works acquired with Art Fund support will feature prominently in the exhibition: the famous Lobster Telephone by Salvador Dalí and Edward James was Art Funded in 2018; and Wangechi Mutu’s series of collages entitled Histology of The Different Classes of Uterine Tumours was Art Funded in 2020.

The exhibition will continue to evolve over time as exciting new works are unveiled throughout the run.

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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

73/75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH4 3DR

01316 246200

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Daily, 10am – 5pm Closed 25 & 26 Dec (August - Mon – Sun, 10am – 6pm)

Modern One is open, Modern Two will open 24 October.

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