Current Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane houses the foremost public collection of contemporary art in Ireland; the gallery also has a dynamic temporary exhibitions programme often encompassing the permanent collection. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:07:54 +0000 Point Blank en-gb Changes to Gallery Displays during Refurbishment Works Dublin City Council is undertaking major refurbishment works to the ground floor galleries in 2019 to upgrade these spaces to best museum standards. In advance of the refurbishment several galleries will be closed from July 2018 to accommodate the architects' investigative works. We aim to keep the disruption to a minimum and will endeavour to keep as many galleries as possible open. These investigative works will not affect the temporary exhibitions.

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to welcoming you to The Hugh Lane during this exciting phase in the gallery’s development.


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Permanent Collection Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane houses the foremost collection of modern and contemporary art in Ireland. Established in 1908 by Sir Hugh Lane and his supporters with Dublin Corporation the collection has grown considerably with acquisitions  in both traditional art forms and new media. The gallery has benefited from significant bequests including Lady Lavery Memorial Bequest 1935, Francis Bacon's Studio 1998, Sean Scully Collection 2005 and gifts from including The Friends of the National Collections of Ireland, The contemporary Irish Arts Society as well as from individuals. The gallery's collection is an invaluable reflection of movements and initiatives that have occurred from the time of the Impressionists to today including superb works acquired from the ROSC series of exhibitions which occurred between 1967 and 1988. Recent acquisitions include Perceived Lightness by Liam Gillick, Black Atlas Series by Kathy Prendergast and Climate Shit Drawing by Yinka Shonibare.

In 2008 the gallery celebrated its first centenary with Hugh Lane: 100 Years exhibition which saw the return from National Gallery London all 39  paintings from Sir Hugh Lane's 1917 Bequest. They hung together together with the original collection for the first time since 1913. Over 80,000 people visited during the course of the exhibition.  In 2015 the gallery commemorated the centenary of the death of Sir Hugh Lane with the exhibition Sir Hugh Lane: Legacy and Loss. In 2016 as part of the commemorations for the centenary of the 1916 Rising, the gallery launched a themed programme Artist as Witness with selected displays from the collection.

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Stained Glass Room Beside the gallery's reception is the stained glass room, which contains the remarkable and ever popular Harry Clarke piece The Eve of St. Agnes and the recently acquired 'Mr Gilhooley by Liam O'Flaherty' for the Geneva Window, 1929, by Clarke. The room also features work by Wilhelmina Geddes, Evie Hone, Paul Bony and James Scanlon.

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Sean Scully Gallery As a result of an ongoing collaboration with Sean Scully, who like Francis Bacon was born in Dublin, the gallery is honoured to be the recipient of a gift of seven paintings, promised since the mid-1990s and presented by the artist in 2006.  These paintings form the second permanent installation in a dedicated gallery in the new wing, located just off Gallery 12.  This gift from Sean Scully, a superb exponent of abstract art, provides a mainstay for the varied exponents of non-figurative painting in the collection; his practice is singular in its illumination of contemporary concerns in abstract expression.

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