5 gems of the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin
1) Francis Bacon Studio
Bacon’s studio is as chaotic as his life was. Born in Dublin in 1909, he spent much of his life in Soho London drinking, gambling and painting his own unique brand of dark twisted surrealism/ expressionism. His paintings are some of the world’s most expensive ones. In the Hugh Lane Gallery, his studio has been meticulously relocated for viewing.
2) Sean Scully Gallery
Like Bacon, Sean Sculley was born in Dublin and raised in London. In later years he settled in New York. Known as both a painter and a printmaker, his art is collected all over the world. This permanent exhibition provides a great insight into his world of abstract art.
3) Dublin City Gallery
This is Hugh Lane’s permanent collection and it’s a sizeable one. It features art from different times and places, but particularly mid-20th-century pieces, for example works by Liam Gillick, Climate Shit Drawings by Yinka Shonibare, Josef Albers’ Homage to the Square, pieces by Alexander Calder and more.
4) Frank O'Meara and Irish artists abroad
Split between Ireland and France, O’Meara died from malaria at the age of 35. But in that brief time he was renowned for his evocative impressionist landscape painting. Alongside O’Meara’s work, this collection presents other works by similar artists who also left Ireland to develop their styles.
5) Stained Glass Room
When you step inside the Hugh Lane Gallery, don’t go too fast, because you won’t want to miss the special room right beside the reception. It’s a bright, kaleidoscopic room full of wonderful stained glass works by great artists like Wilhelmina Geddes, Evie Hone, Paul Boney, James Scanlon, and of course Harry Clarke.
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