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“One of Edinburgh's treasures”

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two (Dean Gallery)
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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.
Lymington, United Kingdom
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“One of Edinburgh's treasures”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is a terrific gallery, often missed by tourists as it's slightly out of the centre and I suspect many are put off by its name and use of the word "Modern". It's actually not really the thing its title suggests at all. The current attraction is a major exhibition of the long and brilliant career of John Duncan Fergusson, stretching from the late 19th century to his death in 1961. This is just absolutely wonderful stuff, showing his career as it developed through different painting styles, peppered with large and small works of beautiful women, sensuously painted, with many of them not unduly burdened with clothing. Although he was a prolific and busy painter over several decades, he is under-represented in most galleries outside Scotland and I found this particular show a revelation. The rest of the gallery has smaller but interesting exhibits from impressionists, through surrealists (with most of the big names displayed, including one beautiful Dali (a rarity!) to relatively small numbers of what most gallery visitors would describe as "modern" paintings. The gallery itself is in a lovely peaceful building, surrounded by greenery, and well away from the traffic. Staff are delightful and genuinely interested in what they do. There is a really good café, with decent food and waitress service at uncrowded tables, and a classy shop. Free, though there's a charge for the exhibition. Absolutely worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
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“Superb museum in a superb location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

Brilliant museum! Went there for the L. Bourgeois exhibition. Really good setting of her art. Really enjoyed the place too.

Visited April 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Lesser works by great names in a former orphenage”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

Only visited the permanent exhibition where works by Miro, Dali, Picasso and Magritte are on display.
In the comfortable airy cafe nice tea and coffee and a large selection of cakes and hot food are served by friendly staff and it is interesting to read in the menu that many of the ingredients are grown in the kitchen garden which is part of the grounds ( incidentally the orphan children of yesteryears were fed from the produce of the same garden).
Admission is free and only £1 for four hours of parking, you can use the same car park ticket in gallery number one across the road.

Visited May 2014
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Bridport, United Kingdom
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“Nice gallery, horrible exhibition”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

I've been to this gallery before and enjoyed it but this time it was not a good experience. The exhibition was not to my taste although other visitors writing in the comments book thought otherwise expressing fulsome praise. Unfortunately the upstairs galleries were closed so I didn't get to see the other works.The stairs were being rebuilt or something so it was a bit of a scramble, the signs to the toilets do not make it clear that one has to go through the restaurant which was packed - because the food is delicious and excellent value. The restaurant staff need to stop people bagging tables before getting their food from the servery; I was saddened to see a very elderly couple creeping around juggling their sticks and trays while some very selfish people who had not chosen their food just sat and watched.

Visited May 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Great Gallery,Grounds and Ferguson”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

Like the National Gallery this museum focuses on Modern Art and emphasizes on Scottish painters with some international mixes thrown in. All periods of the major modern art culture are represented here as well as many of the media types.

Ferguson's exhibit was impressive to me to see the different styles this one artist displayed. Is there any period this guy couldn't accomplish?

There is a great cafe in the museum. Good for meals as well as an espresso to get you back into the art.

There is a small art shop and storage for your bags and coats.

While there is no fee there is a suggested donation.

Walk across the street to the One after you have finished here and take the free shuttle back to the center of the city.

Visited May 2014
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