What to see this week: Na­tional Gallery of Ire­land

Country Life Every Week - - Athena -

Af­ter six years of par­tial closure, the Na­tional Gallery of Ire­land in Dublin has fi­nally re­opened (00 353 1661 5133; www.na­tion­al­gallery.ie). Shown here is the re­stored Grand Gallery, with its 18th-cen­tury hang. Work, un­der­taken ac­cord­ing to an on­go­ing mas­ter­plan by Heneghan Peng Ar­chi­tects, has fo­cused on the in­fras­truc­ture of the build­ing. The par­tic­u­lar in­ten­tion has been to im­prove at­mo­spheric con­trols as well as cir­cu­la­tion within the build­ing’s com­plex and ram­bling plan. The col­lec­tion as a whole has been re­hung.

The open­ing of the gallery co­in­cides with a ma­jor new ex­hi­bi­tion, or­gan­ised in part­ner­ship with the Lou­vre: ‘Ver­meer and the Masters of Genre Paint­ing: In­spi­ra­tion and Ri­valry’ (un­til Septem­ber 17). It in­cludes 10 paint­ings by Ver­meer, an un­prece­dented col­lec­tion of his work in one place.

Be­side this block­buster is an­other no­table free ex­hi­bi­tion ‘The Art of Mar­garet Clarke’, a lead­ing fig­ure in the Ir­ish art world of the early 20th cen­tury and the wife of the cel­e­brated stained-glass artist Harry Clarke (clos­ing Au­gust 20).

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