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Gate 1972

On Display Modern Two

  • Scottish Art
The form of the gate was one which Turnbull first explored in the early 1960s. While travelling in Asia he was struck by the formal gates through which visitors to religious sites had to pass, and the effects of these gates on the surrounding space. Accordingly, Turnbull’s gate sculptures can also be read as altars. He was also influenced by Matisse’s use of open windows in his paintings, which creates a tension between interior and exterior space. ‘Gate’ has multiple roles - inviting entry but also discouraging it, enclosing space and acting as a frame. This sculpture can be found in the grounds of the Modern Two. Made of polished steel, it reflects changes in its environment.


  • Acc. No. GMA 1310
  • Medium Stainless steel
  • Size 217.20 x 292.00 x 91.40 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1974