Lee Boyd, Former Gymnasium, Edinburgh, Building, Photos, Scotland, Architect
SNGMA Edinburgh : Architecture
Former Gymnasium refurbished at rear of SNGMA – design by Lee Boyd architects
Scotland’s National Gallery of Modern Art
Former Gymnasium, rear of SNGMA, Edinburgh
Dates built: 1995-96
Design: Lee Boyd, architects
SNGMA refurbishment to form new exhibition space and lecture facilities, with a well-crafted entrance ramp and glass canopy (right, below) – a successful insertion – with furniture also designed by the architects.
Terry Farrell & Co. refurbished the Scotland’s National Gallery of Modern Art – SNGMA – former John Watson’s School by Burn, 1825, The masterplan involves co-ordinated sculptures, landscaping. etc.
SNGMA frontage: image © Adrian Welch
About the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two.
Works from the Gallery’s collection, plus special loans, are presented here. The early part of the collection features French and Russian art from the beginning of the twentieth century, cubist paintings and superb holdings of expressionist and modern British art. Special highlights include paintings by Matisse and Picasso.
The Gallery also has an outstanding collection of international post-war work and the most important and extensive collection of modern Scottish art.
Modern Two is home to a changing programme of world-class exhibitions and displays drawn for the permanent collection. On permanent display is a fascinating recreation of Eduard Paolozzi’s studio, as well as his 7.3m tall sculpture, Vulcan, that dominates the café. It is also home to the Gallery’s substantial library and archive, open to the public by appointment, and changing displays in the Gabrielle Keiller library.
Both Galleries are set in extensive parkland, where visitors can discover sculpture works by important artists like Ian Hamilton Finlay, Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread, Richard Long and Nathan Coley. The lawn to the front of Modern One was re-landscaped in 2002 to a design by Charles Jencks. This dramatic work, or ‘landform’, comprises a stepped, serpentine mound reflected in three crescent-shaped pools of water.
Edinburgh Art Galleries
National Gallery of Scotland
photograph © Adrian Welch
Scottish Portrait Gallery
photograph © Adrian Welch
image from the architects
photo © Adrian Welch
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