The Dramatic Century at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Robert MacBryde, 'Still Life', c.1947
Robert MacBryde, 'Still Life', c.1947

Decades: The Art of Change 1900-1980

Daily 10:00 - 17:00

From: 29 Apr 2023

To: 7 Jan 2024

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two)
Modern Two
75 Belford Road
Edinburgh & the Lothians

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Decades: The Art of Change 1900-1980 at the newly-reopened Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art/Modern Two in Edinburgh spans a period of dramatic change, from the birth of the motorcar to the dawn of the space race, through works from the National Collection.

Six rooms are each devoted to a particular moment in the 20th century, when artists rebelled against the previous generation and created works which came to characterise a certain period. They range from French artists such as Henri Matisse and Andre Derain who became known as ‘les Fauves’ (‘wild beasts’) for their radical use of electrifying colour and Scottish Colourists such as F C B Cadell and J D Fergusson to the grim realism of the 1940s as seen in work by Francis Bacon, Joan Eardley and Bet Low, and the abandonment by sculptors of traditional materials for ‘soft sculpture’, in the 1960s.


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