{Ireland} Art(s) Extravaganza in Dublin

May 6, 2016


100 Museums Challenge: Museum No.36, 37 & 38

After spending a large part of Day 3 in Dublin visiting the Guinness Storehouse, we took a detour back to our apartment via a couple of art(s) museums. I added another art museum to my list the next day, before heading home.

No.36 – Irish Museum of Modern Art


The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the finest 17th century building in Ireland. After restoration in the 1980s by the Irish government, the building opened as a museum in 1991. It is home to Ireland’s National Collection of modern and contemporary art, with over 3500 artworks by both Irish and international artists.


We saw two exhibitions during our visit: firstly, Patrick Hennessy: De Profundis, showing works from one of Ireland’s most successful post-war realist painters (until 24 July 2016), which I really enjoyed. And, secondly, The Passion According to Carol Rama, the most extensive presentation of the work of Italian artist Carol Rama to date (until 1 August 2016), which had already travelled to Barcelona, Paris and Espoo, in Finland, before coming to Dublin.


The Parrot, 1975, Oil on canvas, PwC Collection, One Spencer Dock

IMMA is open Tuesdays to Sundays, and admission is free except for occasional special exhibitions. Further information on opening times an be found on the museum website.

No.37 – National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History

NMI Decorate Arts 01

A walk from IMMA back in to the centre of Dublin, takes you past the National Museum of Decorative Art & History – yet another museum located in a unique and stunning setting. The 18 acre Collins Barracks was an army base for nearly 300 years before being renovated for use as a museum!

NMI Decorate Arts 02

Whilst the museum also covers Ireland’s political, military and social history, we spent what little time we had (it was getting towards the end of the day and closing time) in the decorative arts galleries. We made a beeline for the fashion exhibits, then had a look around the ‘Out of Storage’ galleries – an interesting concept, in which the double-height gallery is designed to give the visitor an impression of the range of artefacts in the reserve collections of the museum. The 500 pieces on display were chosen to reflect the collecting policies of the museum through the years.

NMI Decorate Arts 03

The National Museum of Decorative Arts & History is open Tuesdays to Sundays (up to date opening times can be found on the museum’s website) and admission is free.

No.38 – Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Hugh Lane 02

The final art museum I visited in Dublin, was the Dublin City Gallery, also know as The Hugh Lane. It houses a collection of modern and contemporary Irish and international art. Taking photos was forbidden, so I can only show you the outside of the museum. As so many museums around town, they had – amongst other things – a temporary exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, with Sir John Lavery’s monumental painting, High Treason: The Appeal of Roger Casement as its central focus. I also checked out one of the museum’s ‘must see’ highlights: the Sean Scully Gallery, featuring seven paintings by the Dublin born abstract artist, which were gifted to the museum in 2006.

Hugh Lane 01

The Hugh Lane is open Tuesdays to Sundays (closed Mondays), and exact up to date visiting hours can be found on the museum’s website. Admission is free, though donations of 2 Euros are appreciated.

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