Revisiting the streets of Dublin via books like Dubliners, Ulysses and P.S. I Love You (amongst others) we know that Ireland’s capital strikes chord as a contemporary city that still has the stuck-in-time rustic-charm to it. It is no less than paradise for art lovers who consider cultural travel as the only way to explore a place. If you count yourself as one, we have an itinerary to Dublin that you might want to save for it’s the only one you’ll need. By Shubhanjana Das
At a stone throw’s distance from Trinity College is The National Gallery of Ireland, which shelters works of art by masters such as Caravaggio, Velázquez, Picasso, Monet, Delacroix, Titian, Van Dyck and Reynolds. The gallery didn’t have a collection of its own from the get-go but over time has developed one which houses artworks from honchos all over the Western World. It also holds key to a rather boisterous collection of Irish art by painters like Jack B. Yeats, Sarah Purser and Louis le Brocquy.
This relatively new museum was founded by the Irish Government as recently as 1990 and its building has strong Parisian influences from the Les Invalides complex. If you want to witness the artworks of both established as well as emerging artists, this is the place to be. IMMA hosts many temporary exhibitions and educational programmes. Marina Abramović, Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, Jasper Johns and Ed Ruscha and Irish artists Dorothy Cross, Willie Doherty, Sean Scully and Mick O’Dea’s artworks have found shelter here.
This library inevitably makes its way to every cultural itinerary of Dublin and its expansive and illustrative collection of manuscripts, paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings have made it one of the most important museums in all of Europe. You can even find Islamic and Far Eastern relics and early copies of the old and new Testaments of the Bible here.
Any Francis Bacon fan would know that Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is where the artist’s studio was shifted in its entirety from London. Not only is the gallery an active charity but was also the world’s first gallery of modern art in the world during the time it was founded by Sir Hugh Lane. An impressive collection of modern and contemporary art is exhibited here from around the world.