Exciting times for National Gallery
Works from Rembrandt to Picasso on display, says Des O’sullivan
These are exciting times at the National Gallery of Ireland which reopensfullynextthursday after major refurbishment of the historic wings on Merrion Square. The transformed space will open with an entirely new presentation of works from Rembrandt to Picasso as well as Irish art. The multi-million euro refurbishment was designed by architects, Heneghan Peng, with original 19th century features opened up and a spacious new courtyard between the Dargan and Milltown wings.
More than 450 works have undergone conservation, including the spectacular Marriageofstrongbowand Aoifebydanielmaclise.the new courtyard is the location for a dramatic new large-scale free form looping sculpture by another Corkman, the renowned furniture designer Joseph Walsh. Magnus Modus — made of multiple layers of olive ash wood — was commissioned under the per cent for art scheme. The much anticipated Vermeer exhibition opens next Satur- day. The gallery remained open on a limited basis throughout the refurbish- ment, during which time it attracted 700,000 visitors annually.
Magnus Modus, by Joseph Walsh, at the National Gallery of Ireland.
‘Woman with a Balance’, featuring in the Vermeer exhibition at the National Gallery from June 17 to September 17.