Dublin City Gallery is next door to the Wirters Museum at the top of Parnell Square near O'Connell Street. Over the one way street is the Memorial Garden and just outside the museum is a bus stop for the hop on and off tours and the airport (although you're probably better getting on the airport bus on O'Connell Street to get a chance of a seat).
Among the various galleries in the museum was an exhibition called ‘Port Life’ showcasing the work of Eugeen Van Mieghem an Antwerp-based artist who captured images from the First World War and life around the docks. The images were mostly rough around the edges but the story of the artist's life and the development and history of Antwerp was interesting.
We watched a 6 minute film installation entitled ‘Ships Passing in the Night’ featuring the faces of boy and girl scouts and families in the dark being intermittently illuminated by a passing light – which turns out to be a lighthouse in the end (oh oh Spoilers!). It was a nice break from walking around the galleries.
Another room showcased the work of Sean Scully – abstract blocks of colour that wouldn’t look out of place covering a Stone Roses record. I found a John Singer Sargent portrait hidden among the old portraits – it was of a typically wan looking chap. Also in the museum are some good atmospheric works by Elizabeth Magill.
In another room, the recreation of his studio at 7 Reece Mews, London, reminded me how much I don’t like the work of Francis Bacon. “This mess here around us is rather like my mind; it may be a good image of what goes on inside me, that’s what it’s like, my life is like that,” he is quoted as saying.
There are a number of interesting rooms in the gallery and the building itself is very interesting. There was also a concert on when we visited (Sunday) but we were too shy to go through and investigate - I assume it was probably a ticketed event, or perhaps even a religious service?