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Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

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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 who made his fortune through the triangular slave trade, 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 the 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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  • Glorious building but currently empty as the star who was to supply the summer exhibition cancelled.  more »
  • This was free which was a bonus. A very large and great building however they do not use the space to its full potential. I was here many years ago and remember it being a lot better. Some good art ex...  more »
  • The beautiful building and modern art, what more could one wish for. Well... a lot of incomprehensible work, and in total the collect is not diverse enough. Par example: a room had the sign: exhibitio...  more »
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  • Sorry but it's not my thing. It's was difficult to understand what it's all about! Art is good. Modern art is OK. But this requires a slightly weird point of view. Sorry... Good film about things rolling into other things and making things happen... I think!
  • Really interesting and thought provoking art. Well laid out. I don't usually wait for video and similar content but not here, it was too engaging to miss.
  • Firstly the building is fantastic - stunning in fact- also free admission. However the exhibitions were disappointing (July 2017) - 1 had nothing in it, another closed, what I saw didn't appear great. Although caution - I am no art critic so it may be that this is great artwork (but I doubt it). A video is shown of a documentary about bomb damage filmed on a smart phone, another has coloured papers with a twigs on top of them. Exhibition areas are spacious but why not just add more artwork to showcase more artists work? Worth a visit to look at the building - hopefully will be improved in future
  • Modern art is a fine taste, has an interesting set of exhibits from artwork to thought provoking filmography. If you're not a modern art guru however, it's not a good use of time, but it's free so it's worth a look!!
  • Went in mid August: I was very disappointed by this museum. The outside of the museum is amazing and even though the exhibit room 1 was empty, it was very cool to see the columns. Otherwise there wasn't anything to really see in the museum. I went through it in about 20 minutes

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