Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

February 2016.  Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is a public gallery of modern and contemporary art, part of Dublin City Council.  My visit here was far too rushed, this is an excellent gallery with original and innovative expositions.  The major theme of quite a number of exhibitions in Dublin at the moment is the 1916 Easter Uprising; this gallery is showing The Artist as Witness in Society, until October.

One major show is the Francis Bacon Studio, a recreation of the artists studio with a wide range of images, books and other materials.  There videos available on the web site.

The permanent collection includes work by many internationally famous names as well as less known but important figures. One of these is Harry Clarke, whose major stained glass work The Eve of St Agnes is on view.  Clarke is one of the great Irish artists, working in the early 20th Century he worked as an illustrator in London, then in stained glass in Ireland.