Top five reasons to visit the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art this winter

Baby, it's cold outside. So why not escape the Scottish weather and come join us at the Galleries? There's something for everyone. 

Totality, 2016 Katie Paterson Collection: Courtesy of the Lowry © Katie Paterson

1. Delve deep into time and space... 

Experience a solar eclipse like never before with Katie Paterson's Totality (2016). Featuring over 10,000 images of solar eclipses (nearly every one recorded) spanning hundreds of years.

Did we mention that's it's also free to come and see? Making it the perfect post-Christmas event for the whole family.

Paula REGO (b. 1935), Dancing Ostriches, 1995, (left-hand panel of diptych), Pastel on paper mounted on aluminium, left panel, 162.5 x 155 cm, Collection: Private Collection © Paula Rego, courtesy Marlborough, New York and London

2. Become a ballet-dancer with Paula Rego...  

Have you see Walt Disney's 1940 film, Fantasia? Rego was so inspired by the film and the iconic sequence of animated ostriches, hippos, elephants and alligators ballet-dancing that she re-created the comic scene to create Dancing Ostriches. 

Fun fact, the piece features her assistant, Lila Nunes,18 times! 

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Nathan Coley Artwork) [Keith Hunter]

3. Have a scenic post-Christmas walk around our Galleries...

"The view from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two) never fails to amaze me… It’s the perfect spot for reflection and gives you the chance to have a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre” - Charlotte, Edinburgh.

Not only do we have amazing views, we also have a walking guide to show you around Antony Gromley's 6 TIMES series, which features six incredible sculptures created by Turner Prize-winning artist. 

Purchased with help from the Henry and Sula Walton Fund and Art Fund 2019 © Dorothea Tanning Collection and Archive, New York and DACS, London 2019

4. Meet Katchina, Dorothea Tanning and Max Earnst's dog...

Did you know that Dorothea Tanning was one of the most celebrated of the American Surrealists? Tableau Vivant was created at a turning-point in her career and features a Lhasa Apso terrier named Katchina, who belonged to her and her husband, the Surrealist artist Max Ernst.

Numerous Surrealist artists took animal avatars which play the role of alter-ego in their work: Ernst took a bird, Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) chose a horse; Tanning took Katchina. Unlike most artists’ avatars, Tanning’s was a specific animal – her own pet.

Come and meet Katchina in Tableau Vivant for free as part of our Beyond Realism exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One). 


5. Treat yourself to some delicious Scottish/Italian-themed food...

Had too much turkey? Or fancy something different? We've got just the thing. Our newly-refurbished Paolozzi's kitchen offers a range of Scottish/Italian-themed food (including haggis lasagne!) and only uses Scottish incredients, seasonal, local produce, which is all made on-site from scratch! There's also salads, cakes and platters for a lighter bite. 

Take a look at this tasty menu, or book a table here. Go on, you know you want to. 

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is open every day from 10am until 5pm.
*Please note that over Christmas, the Gallery will be closed on the following days: 25 December and 26 December, and open from noon on January 1.

Car parking is available at both Galleries, find out more here

You can find the gallery at 75 Belford Road in Edinburgh (postcode: EH4 3DR).

3 January 2019