After a fascinating tour backstage at the Royal Lyceum Theatre yesterday, we took a short walk to the Scottish National Galleries of Modern Art (One and Two) , there to see the Surrealism exhibition. I think I need to do a lot more research on the Dada movement to be able to understand it better, and I have always felt slightly lacking when faced with the cerebral thunder of Picasso and Dali, but it was well attended and I liked the Magrittes. The real surprise was the dander along Belford Road and Lynedoch Place. Since this is a cul de sac now, with bollards at the east end, we have never driven along it, but there are gems of architecture, plus a secret swimming club. I need to find out if Paul gleaned any more about the house with the Scottish symbols pressed into the plaster work. The ochre coloured buildings will be the ones in Bell’s Brae where my friend used to live.
A scone was devoured in SNGOMA One café, spicy fruit, pretty darn good, as was, vicariously, the cherry Bakewell. The Scottish National Galleries frankly ask you to pay to be their Friend but it’s one of the bargains of Edinburgh, free fast track admin to exhibitions and money off scones. AND, this year, a free shopping bag designed by John Byrne. HINT: membership of the Chamber Street Museum also gives you money off in the shop. Just saying. *
We also dropped into the Union Gallery on Drumsheugh Place, where we saw works by, among others, Jenny Matthews and Barbara Franc. Lost a piece of my heart to the latter’s tin birds and the former’s flower paintings.
*I forgot that we were given a free book in the Portrait Gallery earlier, so that remark was unnecessary.