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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, 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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  • The staff in the staff shop just like to chat and ignore customers. The galleries are boring and bare. The staff are unpleasant and the library is small.  more »
  • I'm sorry, I hate to bash anything affiliated with the fine arts, but I found this museum quite underwhelming. One of the main exhibits wasn't there with an apology notice saying something about "unfo...  more »
  • That's not strictly true, found the polygraphs exhibit had some interesting work, I liked a video installation by Hito Steyerl. The exhibit in the main (and beautiful) downstairs room was called "this...  more »
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  • I just visited today after lunch and...from what I viewed in Galleries 2-3, I am aghast that this museum is even open. It is very disappointing and downright depressing. True, there wasn't a special exhibition mounted in Gallery 1. But the pieces exhibited in 2-3 were monochromatic, mostly photographs and a couple of multimedia installations. I love modern, abstract, expressionism in all its iterations (I own pieces) and from many periods, so I am not uninitiated. There is no connective tissue, no energy, no verve and no depth in this collection currently on display. I am, frankly, shocked and dismayed. Sorry, Glasgow, because the city is the exact opposite. The city crackles with energy and I was hoping to see a collection that reflects the city's vitality. What a shame. I hope something changes at this institution.
  • There's 4 galleries of rotating exhibitions, well curated showing a good range of modern installations. Knowledgeable staff are on hand giving free guides to the gallery, on top of the free entry. Well worth stopping in while exploring Glasgow.
  • I enjoyed visiting here. Discovered information on Scottish filmmaker John Samson who never heard of before. Also has very nice library downstairs as well.
  • More often than not the main exhibition space is closed. Much preferred it when the Howson and Currie paintings (along with other more permanent works) were displayed. Plenty of room upstairs for installations. I have stopped visiting.
  • Great place to visit. Although the quality of the art work can vary depending on which exhibits are on. This makes it worth revisiting every so often.

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