The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is the main gallery of contemporary art in
Glasgow, Scotland. GoMA displays work by local and international artists as well
as addressing contemporary social issues through its major biannual projects.
Opened in 1996, the Gallery of Modern Art is housed in a neoclassical
building in Royal Exchange Square in the heart of Glasgow city centre. Since its
opening, 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 cafe, 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.
In front of the
gallery, on the Queen Street pavement, stands an equestrian statue of the Duke
of Wellington sculpted by Carlo Marochetti in 1844.The statue usually has a
traffic cone on its head; for many years the authorities regularly removed
cones, only for them to be replaced. The cone was painted gold during the 2012
Olympic games as a celebration of the record haul of gold medals won by Team GB.