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“A good little museum with free admission”

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
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Owner description: Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is the oldest gallery of modern and contemporary art. Visit the gallery to see our great collections of paintings, sculpture, drawings and Francis Bacon's studio. Opening Hours Tuesday to Thursday 10.00am- 6.00pm Friday & Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm Sunday 11.00am-5.00pm Closed Mondays. ADMISSION TO THE GALLERY AND EXHIBITIONS IS FREE. See gallery website for current exhibitions and events.
Reviewed 10 March 2017

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?

Thank couchmagpie
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Beautiful museum with some fantastic paintings! The Francis Bacon part is a must-do, and we love the fact that you can see his studio!

We went there on a Sunday at noon and were delighted to see that a free classical music concert was happening!

Thank Samantha C
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Went here to see the Eugeen Van Mieghem exhibit which was first rate. The curator has done a marvellous display of fascinating drawings and paintings by this little known artist. I had never been to the gallery before and was amazed at the works of art there by famous artists, Degas, Rodin, Evie Hone to name but a few. The gallery also had Francis Bacon's studio, painstakingly moved piece by piece to take up residence here. It's a lovely place to spend a couple of hours, absolutely well worth a visit.

Thank Eileen M
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

I'm a seasoned traveller & I've visited galleries all over the world.
The Hugh Lane Gallery is magical - To begin with, its free - like most galleries in Dublin. My initial impression was the building itself - very calm and flooded with a mellow light.

From an art perspective - the Hugh Lane houses the foremost collection of Irish and International modern and contemporary art in Ireland. Artists like - Rodin, Walter Osborne, Orpen, Jack B.Yeats, Mary Swanzy, Norah McGuinness, Niki de Saint Phalle, Agnes Martin,William Scott, Patrick Scott, (one of my favourites !) Joseph Beuys, Louis le Brocquy, Francis Bacon, Philip Guston, Elizabeth Magill, Sean Shanahan; Sean Scully, Brian Maguire, Dorothy Cross, Paul Seawright and Ellsworth Kelly.

For me the highlight was the Eve of St Agnes celebrated by Irish stained-glass artist Harry Clarke. Its really incredible and unique.

In terms of internaltional work, La Musique aux Tuileries by Edouard Manet, Bains de Mer (petite fille peignée par sa bonne) by Edgar Degas, Lavacourt under Snow by Claude Monet and The Mantlepiece by Edouard Vuillard.

A real feature is The Francis Bacon studio at the centre of the gallery - it will live long in the memory. An Incredible talent, his less than tidy studio, I'm left thinking real creativity doesn't live in a filing cabinet.

Oh - there's more - I mentioned Sean Scully, born in Dublin, the gallery shows seven of his paintings. I really enjoyed his contemporary & abstract expression.

At the finish - head to the cafe in the basement, a wonderful space, a retreat to reflect on what must be one of the best galleries anywhere.

Donations are welcome, I'd certainly encourage anyone who can afford to contribute something.

Thank alanpY8480OP
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Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

This is an absolute gem and well worth a visit if you are in Dublin. There are multiple pieces by Bacon and a recreation of his studio. There were many other works that whilst by less well known artists were great to see.

Thank Craig F
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