Current Collection Displays

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Dublin City Council is undertaking major refurbishment works to the ground floor galleries from 2019 to upgrade these spaces to best museum standards. In advance of the refurbishment, our 1930s ground floor galleries are closed to accommodate preparatory works. We aim to keep the disruption to a minimum and will endeavour to keep as many galleries as possible open. These works will not affect the temporary exhibitions. New collection displays are now open in the new wing.

These feature highlights from our world-renowned Impressionist collection, including works by Claude Monet, Eugène Boudin and Edgar Degas. Walter Osborne, Gustave Courbet and Nathaniel Hone feature among other outstanding examples of nineteenth century painting currently on view.

Gallery 17 showcases exceptional examples of post-war and contemporary figurative painting. This gallery includes works by Francis Bacon, Leon Kossoff, Patrick Hall and Liliane Tomasko. Outskirts (1969) by Philip Guston and There Is No Night (1949) by Jack B Yeats are on view here. Gallery 16 presents Irish painting from the early 20th century. The display includes two portraits of Hazel Lavery by her husband Sir John Lavery, portraits by William Orpen and Sean Keating and landscapes by Grace Henry and May Guinness. Gallery 14 showcases the diversity and subtlety of abstract painting, with works by Agnes Martin, Patrick Scott, Fionnuala Ní Chiosáin, William Scott, Mark Francis and Ciarán Lennon.

Throughout the galleries visitors can also view sculpture by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and Edgar Degas. The stained glass room featuring work by Harry Clarke, the Francis Bacon Studio complex and the Sean Scully room remain open to visitors. The Sean Scully room on the ground floor has been rehung and now features the new acquisition, Landline Gray, which was donated to Hugh Lane Gallery by the artist in 2018.

On the ground floor from September 2019, you can find a selection of portraits of key figures in the cultural and political life of Ireland in the early twentieth century such as WB Yeats and Lady Gregory. Many were also supporters of Hugh Lane in his efforts to establish this gallery, which opened as the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art in January 1908.

Updates on gallery access will continue to be posted on our website. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to welcoming you to Hugh Lane Gallery during this exciting phase in the gallery’s development.