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

The weather outside is frightful, but ain’t a bit of culture delightful? – here are the top five reasons you should pop to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art this winter.

Salvador Dalí and Edward James, Lobster Telephone, © Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS, London, 2018. Picture: Greg MacVean.

1. Take a peek at a real, live lobster phone

Okay, so it’s not alive but Salvador Dalí’s surrealist masterpiece Lobster Telephone was designed to be a real, working telephone.

This quirky new exhibition has settled in nicely to the surrealist room in Modern Two – come take a peek!

HappyHere is a sound and light installation at Pig Rock Bothy.

2. Immerse yourself in a personalised sound and light installation

Open everyday at Pig Rock Bothy in the grounds of Modern One, HappyHere will translate your feelings and emotions into an abstract sound and light show.

As the night closes in, HappyHere will display all of the emotions from all of the participants throughout the day – it’s pretty lovely!

Betye Saar, Mojotech. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California. © Betye Saar

3. Leave an offering at an altar

Part of the latest installation of our contemporary art exhibition series NOW, Betye Saar’s magnificent Mojotech altar invites visitors to leave an object of significance at its feet – whether that’s the bus ticket you used to get to the gallery or a book that you loved last year, it’s up to you!

Andy Warhol, Marilyn, © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by DACS, London.

4. Get to know some Pop Art royalty

Swing by Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi: I want to be a machine at Modern Two and get to know these incredible pop artists in a whole new light.

Did you know that Andy Warhol used to be a Mad Men style ad agency graphic designer? Or that Eduardo Paolozzi collected action figures to inspire his artwork?

Or that the two once exhibited together at a show in New York?

Explore all this and more at our colourful new show!

5. Have a well earned scone at the Modern One café

Cosy up in the Modern One café with a cuppa and a scone, gaze out at the frosty garden and think about all that art you’ve seen.

We do it all the time. Highly recommend.

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is open every day from 10am until 5pm.

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

You can take our Gallery Bus to the galleries. Starting at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art the bus runs a circular route to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street and the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound. A voluntary donation of £1 is requested. Please note that the bus drops off, but does not pick up at the Portrait Gallery.

By Eleanor Bally, External Communications Officer, 3 January 2019