Dublin Made Easy – The National Gallery of Ireland

by Gazette Reporter
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The National Gallery of Ireland was named the Top ‘Free to Enter’ Tourist Attractions in Ireland in 2017 surpassing the one million mark for the very first time.

This June celebrates the first anniversary of its reopening to the public. Founded in 1854 the doors opened to the public in 1864, the National Gallery of Ireland boasts some 2,500 paintings and approximately 10,000 other works. With the perfect setting in the heart of the city centre, the Merrion Square location offers a pleasurable and free day out to all. There is also plenty on offer to keep the kids happy.

The Courtyard

Created by architects Heneghan Peng as part of the refurbishment project of the historic wings of the National Gallery of Ireland, the Courtyard is flooded with light and is a public orientation space that sits between the 1864 Dargan wing and 1903 Milltown wing on Merrion Square.

A sculpture commissioned by the Office of Public Works stands glorious in the Courtyard. The Magnus Modus is a large scale, seven-metre-tall, free-form sculpture by Irish designer, Joseph Walsh. It is made of multiple layers of laminated olive ash wood. It is stunningly engineered and acts as a focal point around which visitors will circulate.

Resting upon a small Kilkenny limestone base, Magnus Modus delineates space in its slender aspect, stationed on a tiny footprint, reaching upwards and then outwards. As the sculpture ascends, it becomes lighter and reacts to subtle changes in atmosphere. It creates surrounding spaces, shadows and delicate lines of movement, thereby transforming the viewer into an actor by its responsive presence.


The Cafe & brand new ‘Thursday Lates’

Walking around a gallery can make you quite hungry and there’s plenty of delicious treats at the Gallery’s Cafe.

Located in the Millennium Wing, the hugely popular chain Brambles supplies the cafe’s offerings which is cooked freshly every day.

Their brand-new terrace is a fantastic edition to the gallery, opened when the Irish weather permits! Pure bliss on a summer’s day with tea, coffee, lemonade, alcoholic beverages, pastries, salads, sandwiches or even a cheeky prosecco on offer.

The gallery has also just launched their first ever ‘Thursday Lates’ which started last week on Summer Solstice, June 21st. The evening festivities takes place from 4.30pm to 8.30pm on selected Thursdays and is perfect for after-work evening entertainment or a tipple. The evening features food, drinks, lawn games as well as outdoor performances, DJs and guided tours.

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Art of the Show

Immerse yourself into the world of the circus this summer with this brand-new exhibition at the gallery: Circus250: Art of the Show.

It is opened until October 14th 2018 in the Hugh Lane Room and you can keep your hands in your pockets because admission is free!

The exhibition forms part of the UK and Ireland-wide celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the original circus, established by Philip Astley in London in 1768.
Dublin was the first city outside England to which he travelled, performing and giving riding lessons from 1773.

The exhibition, which showcases the work of well-known Irish artists such as Jack B. Yeats, Mainie Jellett, Mary Swanzy, Harry Kernoff and Martin Gale RHA, brings some of the fun of the big top and the history of this inspiring spectacle to the Gallery.

Public events will include performances, film screenings, workshops and a residency by graphic designer and illustrator Steve Simpson. A free brochure complements the exhibition is available in the Gallery.


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