National Gallery of Ireland

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On Thursday 24th November an open afternoon will be held at the National Gallery of Ireland. Between 2pm and 7pm, visitors can attend the newly established Sir Denis Mahon Reading Room - no.90 Merrion Square West, where a selection of treasures from the Gallery’s research collections which focus on ‘Art and Archives during times of War’, will be on display. Visitors will see some fascinating items from the Library and Archive of Sir Denis Mahon, as well as objects from the NGI Institutional Archive which reflect life at the Gallery during World Wars One and Two.


A second, concurrent event will be held at the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art (Millennium Wing, NGI), where visitors will have the opportunity to view archives relating to Art in Ireland in the early twentieth century. Focusing on the theme of ‘Tradition and Modernity’, the different items will show how some artists in Ireland responded to the changes taking place in internationally (for example, the influence Cubism), while others remained committed to established forms of painting. Artists represented will include, amongst others, William Orpen, Mary Swanzy, Jack B Yeats, and Mainie Jellett. Members of the Library and Archive team will be present at both locations between 2pm and 7pm on the day, to highlight the stories behind these fascinating objects. All are welcome!”

Basic details:

Open afternoon (incorporating two events running concurrently) at the National Gallery of Ireland.

Date: Thursday 24th November

Time: 2pm – 7pm

Location one: ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art, Millennium Wing, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin 2.

Location two: Sir Denis Mahon Reading Room, 90 Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.

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