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Abstract Art and Britain between the Wars

Until Fri 28 Feb 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm

  • FREE
About

From the early years of the twentieth century artists wondered if they could create paintings that, like music, could be composed without referring to a subject, relying instead upon patterns of colour, line and form. This approach, often called Constructivist, was particularly popular in Revolutionary Russia, and was driven by the desire to create a new art for the future of humanity.

There were many variants of geometrical abstraction in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s, not all of which shared Constructivism’s socially utopian ideology. Piet Mondrian’s pared-down simplicity of horizontal and vertical black lines containing squares of white, red, blue or yellow paint, were the ultimate in abstract refinement, but they were underpinned by spiritual beliefs rather than revolutionary theory. Mondrian’s impact on abstract art between the wars was huge, not just stylistically but also in terms of instilling a purist ethos. Ben Nicholson and other British artists owed him a considerable debt.

Image: Barbara Hepworth, Wave, 1943-1944
© BOWNESS for works by Barbara Hepworth
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  • Wheelchair access

Location

Gallery facilities

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.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop
  • 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

Getting here

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.

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

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