City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Modern Art Two


Modern Art Two
75 Belford Rd
Edinburgh EH4 3DR
Dean Gallery
Venue details
Edinburgh Area: 
Dean Village, Edinburgh
Telephone (info): 
0131 624 6200

The National Galleries of Scotland's Modern Art Two, formerly called the Dean Gallery until rebranding in 2011, houses an extensive collection of Dada and Surrealist art. The building, which has been elegantly converted from what was a Victorian orphanage is worth a vist in itself.

Modern Two is situated in a spacious park with large lawn and trees, near the Water of Leith (a steep staircase leading up from from a narrow wooded section of the Water of Leith walkway brings you out at one of the pedestrian entrances to the gallery gardens on Belford Road). The gallery is directly opposite the original Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art or "Modern Art One".

A two-story, giant, robot-man sculpture greets you on entering the gallery. The piece, Vulcan, is the handiwork of Eduardo Paolozzi, famed for his gargantuan creations, including the big, mechanical foot at the top of Leith Walk.

The gallery also contains a reproduction of sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi's studio.

The art deco cafe, porticle style windows, where you can peep in on galleries below, and Richard Wright's specially commissioned fresco design, reflect the lightness of touch in the overall look and feel of the building's conversion.

Entry to the gallery is free, but a charge is made for special exhibitions.

Modern Art Two is one of the Edinburgh Art Festival venues in August.