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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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Absolutely stunning and free. The two modern art galleries are set in sculpture park land on the outskirts of Edinburgh , easily assessed from the main national gallery by a... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Absolutely stunning and free. The two modern art galleries are set in sculpture park land on the outskirts of Edinburgh , easily assessed from the main national gallery by a regular gallery bus. Look for the Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Martin Creed. My absolute favourite -in front of gallery 2- is ' Landform', a magnificent swirly grass mound surrounding... More 

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Harrow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had an hour to kill one morning so decided to visit the gallery as I had heard good things about it. I'm so glad I did - it's brilliant! :) Based over two buildings and extensive grounds, there's plenty to see, yet it's all very manageable size and not overwhelming. Parking was surprisingly easy, with onsite parking at the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tired from wandering around the recent & brilliant Christmas Market, we took a restful break (and pit stop!) in this art gallery with its neo classical façade. The exhibitions were great, although being 'art' it was down to personal taste as to what one felt was worthy of being there or not. My 11 year old enjoyed the paper and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderfully moving exhibition showing her absolute dedication to her craft, surroundings and people around her. Extremely emotional to see how she tackled landscapes in a very small area over and over again with a fresh look each time.

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

Great exhibition of a short-lived Scottish female artist, who focussed on 2 deprived communities - the children of Glasgow Townhead (1950/60s slum) and the landscape of a rapidly depopulating fishing village, Catterline, (near Aberdeen). Vigorous, energetic paintings of the coastline landscape, the single row of cottages, the fishing nets and the sea, sometimes including lumps of plaster, sand, grit, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

We visit every year or more if there is something on of special interest (from Newcastle). It's worth the trip out from central Edinburgh, use the shuttle bus from the National gallery if you are not driving £1 donation, very nice driver. The gallery is a manageable size and not too crowded. Staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Facilities are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

A lot of thought-provoking exhibits here - some a bit odd but at least they got us talking! Also has a nice cafe with local delicacies.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Both Galleries had shows of interest and staff were knowledgeable about the displays. As always work was both traditional and contemporary and provided both a delightful and sometimes challenging visit. Café facilities in both Galleries were well run providing good food and drink. Gallery shops had a wide range of books and gifts. Parking is excellent and £2 a day... More 

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Bude, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Travelled all the way from Cornwall to see this exhibition . It was perfection as was the building, grounds and staff and cafe. Not to be missed , pop across the road to the other gallery too. From this gallery lovely walk down the water of Leith to Stockbridge . Highlight of our Edinburgh trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

The opening of the exhibition of Joan Eardley's works has to be taken in! This is a wonderfully put together social history documenting Eardley's passage from Glasgow to the north east of Scotland. Wonderful photographs of the Townhead area and its local population from the 1950' and 60's providing the back drop to Eardley's wonderful paintings of street children. Good... More 

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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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