Speaking Art at National Galleries of Scotland

Admiring Jean Arp’s 'S’elevant' (Rising up) and Alex Dordoy’s 'Caster 3D'. Image Neil Hanna
Admiring Jean Arp’s 'S’elevant' (Rising up) and Alex Dordoy’s 'Caster 3D'. Image Neil Hanna

Conversations with the Collection

Daily, 10:00 - 17:00

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One)
The Mound
Edinburgh & the Lothians

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Conversations with the Collection at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One) in Edinburgh is a major new exhibition of rarely-displayed artworks from Scotland’s national collection after curators delved through the storage rooms. (It is estimated that major museums and galleries have space to show only about ten per cent of their collections at any one time.) 

Covering a wide range of media and techniques across sculpture, painting and photography, the exhibition comprises works by famous artists such as Anish Kapoor, Sarah Lucas, Jackson Pollock, Tracey Emin and Cindy Sherman alongside lesser known figures. Highlights include a Madonna lithograph by Edvard Munch, photographic portraits of Arnold Schwarzenegger by Robert Mapplethorpe, a vibrant still life by Anne Redpath and Helen Frankenthaler’s Saturn, the only major abstract expressionist painting by a female artist in the collection.

Comprising over 100 works, the exhibition takes over almost the whole top floor of the museum, with each room devoted to a different theme or topic, such as sexuality, gender roles, racial stereotypes and the climate emergency.

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