Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - Modern Two
Directly across Belford Rd from Modern One , another neoclassical mansion (formerly an orphanage) houses its annexe, Modern Two, which...
Set in the valley that runs beneath the Dean Bridge (dene is a Scots word for valley), Dean Village was founded as a milling community...
Designed by Thomas Telford and built between 1829 and 1832 to allow the New Town to expand to the northwest, the Dean Bridge vaults...
A classic re-creation of a 1930s-style pub – a welcoming womb with warm wood and leather decor, complete with a jar of pickled eggs on...
Cafe Modern One
Modern design is to be expected in the cafe at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, but more of a surprise is the lovely outdoor...
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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art information
Edinburgh's gallery of modern art is split between two impressive neoclassical buildings surrounded by landscaped grounds some 500m west of Dean Village. As well as showcasing a stunning collection of paintings by the popular, post-Impressionist Scottish Colourists – in Reflections, Balloch, Leslie Hunter pulls off the improbable trick of making Scotland look like the south of France – the gallery is the starting point for a walk along the Water of Leith, following a trail of sculptures by Anthony Gormley.
The main collection, known as Modern One , concentrates on 20th-century art, with various European movements represented by the likes of Matisse, Picasso, Kirchner, Magritte, Miró, Mondrian and Giacometti. American and English artists are also represented, but most space is given to Scottish painters – from the Scottish Colourists of the early 20th century to contemporary artists such as Peter Howson and Ken Currie.
There's an excellent cafe downstairs, and the surrounding park features sculptures by Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread and Barbara Hepworth, among others, as well as a 'landform artwork' by Charles Jencks, and the Pig Rock Bothy , a rustic timber performance and exhibition space created in 2014 as part of the Bothy Project (www.thebothyproject.org).
A footpath and stairs at the rear of the gallery lead down to the Water of Leith Walkway , which you can follow along the river for 4 miles to Leith. This takes you past 6 Times , a sculptural project by Antony Gormley consisting of six human figures standing at various points along the river. (The statues are designed to fall over in flood conditions, so some of them may not be visible after heavy rain.)