What’s On in Dublin: Fall 2017

By Stacy Wrenn.


Chester Beatty Library


Francisco Goya: The Disasters of War

Francisco Goya’s (1746-1828) Disasters of War prints depict the guerrilla warfare, famine and political disillusionment of the Napoleonic Wars and they are often seen the beginnings of what is now called photojournalism. Published only after his death, this prints will shock visitors to the exhibition with his powerful rendering of human suffering at the hands of the elite.

Admission is free.

6 October 2017 – 21 January 2018


National Gallery of Ireland


The Volunteers (Die Freiwilligen) (plate 2) from War (Krieg). Credit: MoMA.

Käthe Kollwitz: Life, Death, and War

Similar to the Chester Beatty, NGI will host 40 prints and drawings by the German artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945), one of the most influential printmakers of the 20th century. This selection of over 300 prints and some 1450 drawings will guide visitors through the effects of war from the eyes of a civilian, in particular, the tremendous grief that is left in its wake. As part of the exhibition, there will also be a programme of talks and music.

Admission is free.

6 September – 10 December 2017


Kerlin Gallery

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Left to right: Callum Innes, Untitled (pastel on Two Rivers paper) and Untitled No.13 Lamp Black (gouache and oil on linen), 2017.

Callum Innes

Turner prize nominee Callum Innes comes to the Kerlin Gallery with his latest collection of abstract paintings. While they appear straightforward at first, upon closer inspection the vibrant hues of red and orange and the velvety texture of the heavily worked chalk on will delight the viewer.

Admission is free.

8 September – 14 October 2017


Douglas Hyde Gallery


Brendan Earley back of beyond 

This exhibition features a mixture of sculpture, prints, and drawings as Earley creates a journey into the wilderness. Through his use of childhood memories and folk memories imagined in eighteenth-century Irish landscapes, visitors will be enthralled by the artist’s passion for his roots.

Admission is free.

July 28 – September 30 2017




Dorothy Cross, Tabernacle, 2013.

IMMA Collection: Coastlines

With over a dozen artists being featured, Coastlines explores our sense of place and how we perceive borders, differing terrains, and our relationship with the natural world around us. Artists such as Dorothy Cross (featured above) achieve this through mixed-media sculptures from found objects washed in on the shore.

Admission is free.

13 October 2017 – 31 December 2018

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William Crozier, Crossmaglen Crucifixion, 1975.

William Crozier: The Edge of the Landscape

IMMA has curated a retrospective of the works of this lyrical landscape painter (1930-2011) to display his transition from the existential dilemmas that haunted his early to mid works to the graphic depiction of contemporary political issues in his later career, such as the Troubles featured above.

Admission is free.

13 October 2017 – 31 December 2018


Project Arts Centre


Photograph by Senija Topcic.

The Museum of Modern Comedy in Art (MoMCo) – a Proposal

A lighter take than some of the other choices in this article, this exhibition focuses on the hidden comedic aspects of modern and contemporary art – including a wonderful series of clay figurines depicting key-moments in art history.

Admission is free.

01 September 2017 – 21 October 2017


Temple Bar Gallery and Studios

21167955_10156536309137316_7516139451877172879_oDouble Movement

Gavin Murphy is a Dublin based artist whose work revolves around documenting cultural history. This project is on the Eblana Theatre, a cinema, now defunct, which was located in the basement of Busárus central station. His research comes alive through various mediums, including documentary film, dance, and photography.

Admission is free.

15 September – 18 November 2017


Hugh Lane Gallery

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Dining Hall I.

Eithne Jordan

This collection of interior paintings considers the tension between the past and the present in public architecture, but Jordan takes on this heavy topic in an entirely unique, neo-expressive style that all visitors will find thought-provoking.

Admission is free.

12 October 2017 – 14 January 2018


The Ocean After Nature, installation view, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2016. Photographs by Charlie Villyard.

The Ocean After Nature

Part of an international tour, this exhibition explores the way oceans reflect the ecological, cultural, political, and economic realities of a now globalized world. Over twnety artists and collectives feature here and debate whether the ocean is simply a victim to power or an instrument in itself.

Admission is free.

07 September 2017 – 07 January 2018



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