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Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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2.3/5 based on 440 reviews on the web
The Gallery of Modern Art is the main gallery of contemporary art in Glasgow, Scotland.GoMA offers a programme of temporary exhibitions and workshops. GoMA displays work by local and international artists as well as addressing contemporary social issues through its major biannual projects.HistoryOpened in 1996, the Gallery of Modern Art is housed in a neoclassical building in Royal Exchange Square in the heart of Glasgow city centre. Built in 1778 as the townhouse of William Cunninghame of Lainshaw, a wealthy Glasgow Tobacco Lord, the building has undergone a series of different uses. It was bought in 1817 by the Royal Bank of Scotland who later moved onto Buchanan Street; it then became the Royal Exchange. Reconstruction for this use was undertaken by David Hamilton between 1827 and 1832 and resulted in many additions to the building, namely the Corinthian pillars to the Queen Street facade, the cupola above and the large hall to the rear of the old house.In 1954, Glasgow District Libraries moved the Stirling's Library into the building. When library returned to Miller Street, the building was refurbished to house the city's contemporary art collection.TodaySince its opening in 1996, the gallery has hosted several million visitors. It has a dedicated Education and Access studio, facilitating workshops and artists talks and in the basement a Learning Library. The building also contains a café, free Internet access terminals, multimedia, art, and general book-lending facilities. Exhibits include works by David Hockney, Sebastiao Salgado, and Andy Warhol as well as Scottish artists such as John Bellany and Ken Currie.
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  • There are a few problems with this gallery; the interior spaces are awkward and need further development. The exhibits are "hit or miss" - but that's what you sign up for when checking out new work. O...  read more »
  • What a complete waste of such a beautiful building. First of all I am not one to critique others works of art but c'mon what a complete joke!!! Utterly appalled at what we saw when walking into the la...  read more »
  • Literally boring, nothing to do with our history and Italian culture. Recommended only to be bored or to get a slight depression.
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  • Well worth a visit. The main exhibition hall often gets a large installation which can be hit or miss. The galleries upstairs are always worth looking at too. Best of all it's free but consider leaving a donation at the door.
  • Nice mix of facilities with library, cafe and gallery. The kids free Saturday art clubs are great! :-)
  • I love that the library there has tons of anime-Manga books!!! (^o^)
  • Very nice museum, well worth visiting. Nice building and interesting exhibitions
  • As others have said... great building... shame its only partially filled / open... remember it 10 odd years ago when it was full of interesting things.. seems like they're trying to make do with less now... shame
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