Tourists visiting Dublin for a couple of days won’t want to miss the free exhibitions at The National Gallery of Ireland, including it’s exciting 2023 line-up.
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Here’s a look at what’s on offer:
Still Life, 2013-2016 (yellow version)
See artist James Coleman’s most recent work, which will be on display in the Sir Hugh Lane Room through Oct. 8.
The video installation depicts a silent, large-scale projection of an uprooted poppy against a black background.
It is the first display of the work at the National Gallery of Ireland and its first appearance in Ireland.
St. Dymnphna: The Tragedy of an Irish Princess
On show through May 28 is a wonderful new exhibition focusing on the life of the little-known Saint Dympna by the Dutch artist Goossen Van der Weyden.
The saint, the daughter of a Celtic king, was born in the 7th century.
The panels by Goossen Van der Weyden are unique, as they are the only known pieces from the 16th century exploring the tragic life of the saint, who was killed by her father in Gheel, Belgium.
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Visitors can enjoy the new spring exhibition titled Pastel Revealed through June 5, which adds to the gallery’s beautiful pastel collection of paintings.
The exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland highlights works that span four centuries and showcase a number of skilled practitioners from both Ireland and abroad and highlights how the pastel technique has changed over time.
Lavinia Fontana: Trailblazer, Rule Breaker
Kicking off summer at the gallery, visitors can enjoy a new solo exhibition titled Lavinia Fontana: Trailblazer, Rule Breaker, which runs from May 6 through Aug. 2.
The late 16th-century Bolognese artist was a ground-breaking artist of her time and is widely considered to be the first female painter to achieve professional success beyond the confines of a court or a convent.
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Sarah Purser: Private Worlds
Visitors coming to Dublin in the fall of 2023 might want to take in an exhibition by the pioneering Irish artist Sarah Purser.
The exhibition features a selection of Purser’s finest oil paintings that include scenes from everyday life, including portraits of friends and family members.
The exhibition, which can be found in the Sir Hugh Lane Room, runs from Oct. 21 through Feb. 25, 2024.
The National Gallery of Ireland is among Dublin’s most popular free attractions.
It is located near Trinity College and Merrion Square.
It houses the nation’s collection of European and Irish art from about 1300 to the present day, in addition to an extensive library and archive.
Free guided tours are also available at weekends. Family packs and drawing and creative writing kits are available to borrow for free. Facilities include a shop, café, and wheelchair access to all levels of the gallery.