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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Sitting alongside the Dean Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is home to some of the finest modern and contemporary art in the world. Made up of two amazing Edinburgh galleries, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is well worth a visit for the aspiring artist and inspired traveller alike.

Cubism paintingModern One: Classically Contemporary

The first gallery on any art lover’s list has to be Modern One. It includes an impressive collection (as well as a few pieces on special loan) of art from the beginning of the twentieth century, cubist paintings, expressionist pieces and modern British art. From Matisse and Picasso, to Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol, if you only have time to visit one Edinburgh gallery, make sure you visit Modern One.

Modern Two: The Art Of Future Expressionism

Once you have thoroughly explored the modern classics and have got to grips with the modernist movement, make your way to the second gallery – Modern Two. Modern Two is home to an ever-changing programme of world-class exhibitions. With an amazing library, impressive archive and a few permanent pieces on display, it is your window into the future of modern art.

Surreal piece of artModernism Set In Stone

Both fantastic Edinburgh galleries are set in an expansive parkland teaming with spectacular sculptures by a number of important modernists. And since everything at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a work of art, even the lawn in front of Modern One is a dramatic “landform” of a serpentine mound reflected in three crescent-shaped pools.

And to round off the perfect trip down modernism lane, both Edinburgh galleries have a popular cafe, making it the ideal spot to stop, refuel and enjoy a tasty bite to eat or much-needed cup of coffee.

To find more Edinburgh galleries to explore, return simply return to our Edinburg and find out what other Edinburgh attractions await you.

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