West of Edinburgh's city centre, two buildings of neoclassical architecture are facing each other: both built during the first half of the 19th century, Modern One and Modern Two are only separated by large lawns and a lagoon. Together, they form the National Gallery, dedicated to modern and contemporary art (from the early 1900s until today). More than 6,000 works are on display, including paintings, sculptures, installations and videos. The first palace houses temporary exhibitions (renewed every six months) as well as the masterpieces of Cubism, Abstract and Pop Art, well represented by Matisse, Picasso, David Hockney and Andy Warhol. The second building will win you over with the work of surrealists Dalí, Magritte and Giacometti. Sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi is also given pride of place since his entire art studio has been recreated on the premises! A well-stocked library and archive storage are also on site, including more than 2,500 rare editions accessible to the public in the reading rooms.
End your visit of this majestic cultural ground, now well-established in the capital, by wandering around the English garden riddled with giant sculptures.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
75 Belford Road
Edinburg EH4 3DR
+44 131 624 6200