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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two (Dean Gallery)
Ranked #64 of 443 things to do in Edinburgh
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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. 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.
Reviewed 7 November 2011

Great way to spend 1-2 hours. Reasonably quiet & great display of Cadell paintings & artefacts.

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Reviewed 18 August 2011

Cafe Modern One - Great Soup, both choices and lovely warm fresh rolls to accompany(frequently absent from soup lunches!!) . We then sauntered Rive Gauche down Waters of Leith Walkway to see some Gormley's as far as St. Bernard's Well - an architectural revelation on foot with lots of benches and time to stop and stare. Grey Heron on Weir alongside Willies and waters were doublin' as Niagara.

Gallery could do short time bike hires - to enable visitors perhaps to get to Gormley terminal point at Leith Docks.

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Reviewed 29 July 2011

I have visited this gallery several times this summer, but unfortunately each time it's been a bit underwhelming.

Many of the rooms seem to be closed, so that there are only 6 or 7 to view. There is some interesting stuff about Ben & Winifred Nicholson, and one good Joan Eardley painting, but on the whole I expected more from such a grand and impressive building.

The cafe is very nice, but a bit echoey. The shop is small and horrendously expensive - one of those places, a bit like National Trust shops, where you start to be lulled into an alternative universe in which it is cool to hand over a week's wages for a pencil, until you suddenly come back to earth with a bump and remember that you can buy this stuff for one tenth of the price elsewhere.

One good thing about the gallery is that you can walk o it along the Waters of Leith path from Stockbridge, Leith, etc - it's a lovely walk, and Dean village itself is absolutely charming, and unlike any other pat of Edinburgh.

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Reviewed 27 August 2009

A wonderful gallery along the Waterway of Leith. Contains a private collection and library of modern art including Magritte, Ernst, Paolozzi, Picasso, and many more! A huge collection of Dadaists and Surrealists. This was one of my favorite museums- the set up is open and airy, its was never crowded, and all the information was helpful. There are also beautiful grounds to explore afterwards!

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