The collection holds French and Russian art from the beginning of the 20th-century, Cubist and Expressionist works and an important collection of Scottish Colourists.
There is a strong contemporary collection including David Hockney, Andy Warhol and Lucien Freud, as well as a collection of work by a more recent generation of artists including Douglas Gordon, Lucy Skaer, Richard Wright, Anthony Gormley, Gilbert and George, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.
The Dean Gallery, just across the road from the Gallery of Modern Art, shows works from the Gallery’s internationally renowned Dada and Surrealist collection, and a selection of works by Eduardo Paolozzi.
The collection displays rotate on a regular basis alongside an excellent contemporary programme of temporary exhibitions.
Walking to the Gallery of Modern Art along the Water of Leith is a great treat. The building is very welcoming, with a series of well-proportioned gallery rooms joined by a single central hallway. The programme is always thoughtful and a visit should not be rushed. Downstairs the café opens out onto the lovely garden.