Ex­cit­ing times for Na­tional Gallery

Works from Rem­brandt to Pi­casso on dis­play, says Des O’sul­li­van

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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.

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