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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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, and discover the dramatic lawn at the front of the building, designed by landscape architect, Charles Jencks.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.
Keighley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Check website before visiting. Turned out gallery one was closed for rehanging. We had to walk right up to the door to discover this - no notice at the gate to warn us. We had talked to 3 different staff on 2 different days at the main national gallery about their free shuttle bus and at no point did anybody tell us that it was only 50% open. With scarcity of return buses, we could have found better things to do with our afternoon and ended up less footsore.

Visited May 2014
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NationalGalleries, Public Relations Manager at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, responded to this review, 5 June 2014

We’re sorry you visited Modern One when the gallery spaces are closed for rehanging. GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland opens on the 28 June and we hope you’ll take the time to return. Modern Two, directly across the road, was open when you visited and is currently showing The Scottish Colourist Series: JD Fergusson, apologies if this was not made clear and we will ensure our staff across all our Galleries are better briefed in future.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Peaceful and Beautiful”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

A wonderful introduction to a great modern artist that I hardly knew before (Louise Bourgeois). The space in the gallery is perfect for the large canvasses and installations. The staff is friendly, admission is free and the shops has a good selection of post cards and books and gifts.
The garden is a work of art in its own right.

Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Nice museums in pleasant grounds. Obviously tastes will vary but I'd recommend the Fergusson exhibition and the outside sculptures

Visited May 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Larger Mixed and Open Exhibits”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

The gallery has nice green space around the building. The building itself is been incorporated with art. The round hill with a pond has man of the patrons walking in circles before or after they enter the museum.

The gallery has some exhibits from current local artist competitions or awards as well as international artists who represent the periods and style of art to this museum. The gallery itself is a part of the art with its neon on the building.

Inside there are more large modern art pieces and interpretive works.

Free shuttle from here back to the Scottish National Galleries.

Visited May 2014
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Aberdour, United Kingdom
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“Two for the price of one”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

Gallery One and Two are on opposite sides of Belford Road and are free except for the special exhibitions, the Scottish Colourists are currently upstairs in Gallery Two. One is currently showing a free exhibition by Louise Bourgeois, some of the exhibits are sexually explicit so may not be suitable for younger visitors. The exhibit notes are clear and helpful. There is a nice bright cafe offering meals and snacks at very competitive prices. The menu was not to my taste but the menu in Gallery Two was different so there should be some thing for everyone. There did appear to be a lack of trays in Gallery One's cafe.

The ground floor in Gallery Two is exhibiting a wide range from different artists including Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso and well worth a visit even if you find some of the art challenging. There is also a gallery shop offering a range including jewellery and glassware.

There is a large car park behind Gallery One with a very modest charge of £1 for four hours.

There are also sculpture exhibits in the gardens of both sites.

Visited May 2014
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