Collections

Surrealism

Surrealism was one of the most radical movements of the twentieth century. It sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art owns a world-class collection of Surrealism; including works by Max Ernst, Joan Miró, René Magritte and Alberto Giacometti. You can explore the highlights of this collection here.

Contemporary Art in Scotland

GENERATION was a national exhibition program in 2014 that was dedicated to showcasing some of the best and most significant Scottish artists from the past 25 years. Not limited to a specific style or genre, GENERATION celebrates the diversity and innovative works that have helped to create the vibrant Scottish contemporary art scene. The highlights from this collection include works by numerous Turner Prize Winners and nominees along with many others.

ARTIST ROOMS

ARTIST ROOMS is an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art acquired for the nation by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate through the generosity of Anthony d'Offay. ARTIST ROOMS On Tour enables this collection to reach and inspire new audiences across the country, particularly young people.

Scottish Art

The National Galleries of Scotland is responsible for the national collection of Scottish art, the most important of its kind in the world. Our definition of Scottish art is broad, and embraces artworks and artists with a varied range of associations with this country – from the artist’s nationality to the subject of the work. In this collection, you can explore a selection of highlights from our collection of Scottish art.

Highlights

The National Galleries of Scotland has over 96,000 objects in its collection. We have selected just a few of these to give you a sense of the breadth and quality of the art in our care. These highlights are the works you won’t want to miss when you visit the galleries or on the web. They range from major works by Titian, Rembrandt and Vermeer through to Picasso, Hockney and Warhol.

Photography

The National Galleries of Scotland's collection holds over 38,000 works with a focus on historic photography and an ever-growing contemporary photography section. We aim to illuminate the art of photography with particular relation to Scotland. In this collection, our highlights include Cindy Sherman, Bill Brandt and the founding fathers of Scottish photography - David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson.

Hill & Adamson

One of the most iconic duos within the history of photography, David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson were innovative pioneers during the mid-nineteenth century. The collection at the National Galleries of Scotland have been thematically arranged into categories.