Lecture or talk Adults, Young people

Books in Focus: Surrealism in Britain in 1936

In order to help protect the health of our staff and visitors during this difficult time, we have closed all of our Galleries.

  • Thursday 4 June, 2.30-3.30pm, repeated Saturday 6 June, 2.30-3.30pm



Our series of ‘Books in Focus’ sessions looks at artists’ books and archive material held in the special collections of the National Galleries of Scotland. In June 1936 Surrealism descended on Britain, thrilling and confusing the press and public in equal measure, with Surrealists including André Breton and Salvador Dalí crossing the channel to visit the first exhibition of Surrealist art in Britain. This session will tell the story of that pioneering exhibition using original publicity material, photographs and letters from the Roland Penrose archive.

Photograph of Salvador Dali in a deep sea diving suit seated in a group with other Surrealists at the 1936 International Surrelist Exhibitio

Salvador Dalí in a diving suit and helmet with Paul and Nusch Eluard, E.L.T. Mesens and Diana Brinton Lee and Rupert Lee at the International Surrealist Exhibition June 1936. Purchased from the Penrose family in 1995

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The Changing Places toilet is located in the rear car park of Modern One with accessible parking spaces located nearby. The unit is open 9am-5pm, every day, a key is not required.

A full accessibility guide is available at www.accessibilityguides.org for Modern One and Modern Two.

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  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Changing places toilet
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • On-site parking (£2)
  • Disabled parking
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack

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The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located 15 minutes’ walk from Princes Street. It includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two, set in a beautiful sculpture park.

In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.

  • <strong>Gallery Closed due to Covid-19</strong>
  • <strong>Gallery Closed due to Covid-19</strong>
75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

Modern & contemporary art archive and special books

Modern & contemporary art archive and special books

The Modern & Contemporary Art Archive contains over 120 holdings relating to 20th and 21st century artists, collectors and art organisations, including the Gallery of Modern Art's own papers. These comprise files of papers, drawings, sketchbooks, photographs, textiles, diaries, newscuttings and other printed ephemera.

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