Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - Modern Two

(Dean Gallery, The Paolozzi Collection)

Dean Gallery, Edinburgh
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Dean Gallery, Edinburgh

Located to the northwest of Edinburgh's New Town, a half-mile (1 km) west of Princes Street, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - Modern Two represents a conversion of the Dean Orphan Hospital by architects Terry Farrell and Partners, which opened as the Dean Gallery in 1999. Administered by the Scottish National Galleries of Scotland, the gallery was designed to house The Paolozzi Gift of sculpture and graphic art, donated in 1995 by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924 - 2005), the eminent Leith-born sculptor and artist. On the ground floor of the gallery is the Paolozzi Studio - a recreation of the artist's eclectic working environment, just as he left it.

In addition, significant holdings of Dada and Surrealist work, collections previously rarely seen in their entirety, are displayed. The gallery also holds many celebrated works by artists such as Dali, Duchamp, Ernst, Giacometti, Magritte, Man Ray, Miro, Picasso, Tanguy and Delvaux, together with a library and archive of artist's books, manuscripts and papers.

The architects have sympathetically redeveloped the institutional interior of the orphanage, which was designed by Thomas Hamilton in 1831, whilst maintaining the exterior unaltered. It was renamed Modern Two in 2011.

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