A new exhibition about Irish history is now possible to view in one of the most interesting cultural locations in Dublin. It is about “the 1916 Rising” as well as the Irish migrational past.
Pathos of distance
“In early 2015, the National Gallery of Ireland invited Sarah Pierce to engage with the ESB CSIA in the ongoing research project: Visualising the Irish Diaspora. The aim of this collaboration was the creation of a new artwork by Pierce exploring the concept, themes and subject of this art historical project”.
The 1916 Rising
“James Stephens (1880-1950) made his name with The Crock of Gold (1912), a story for children of all ages, creating ‘a world of rich fantasy’. He went to Paris in 1912, and in 1915 became Registrar of the National Gallery of Ireland. During Easter week 1916 Stephens witnessed the fighting around St. Stephen’s Green and soon after published an account of his observations, The Insurrection in Dublin”.
Masterpieces From The Collection
“ … is a special presentation of some of the finest works in the Gallery’s collection, now open in the Beit Wing (Rooms 6-10). It includes a stunning selection of paintings from the European collection, from the early Renaissance through to the mid-twentieth century”.
My grades :
Masterpieces From The Collection is a permanent exhibition and definitely worth a visit. I did not expect to see so many famous paintings in a museum in such a small country like Ireland. Johannes Vermeer, Claude Monet, Anthony van Dyck, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci etc. They make the National Gallery one of the most intriguing places to visit in Dublin, especially for anybody who is interested in art. Also a greenhorn to art will appreciate the large variety of styles and nationalities of the painters. As a person who is more interested in history than art, The 1916 Rising was the best choice for me. It’s not very big but James Stephen’s paintings make it enough to touch the real Irish spirit. Pathos of distance is the must see for every migrant in the town. There are some feelings which every expat knows.
Entrance fee : FREE
Opening hours :
Mon-Sat : 9:30-17:30
Sun : 11a.m.–5:30p.m.