The Best Exhibitions To See This Month - The Gloss Magazine

The Best Exhibitions To See This Month

The good news: it’s a bumper month for art exhibitions. Whether you like fashion, photography, abstract installations or figurative paintings, these new exhibitions will cater to all tastes …

Bourke/Kane: Brian Bourke and Michael Kane, Taylor Galleries, Dublin 2

Brian Bourke and Michael Kane first met in the Bailey Bar on Duke Street in 1957. Since then their friendship has developed through the arty friends they had in common: the sculptor James McKenna, who also wrote satirical plays in which both acted; Ronnie Drew of Dubliners fame and various artists including John Kelly and John Behan. They have exhibited regularly but their current exhibition is the first time they have shown together. Kane’s Expressionist themes and bright colours as well as their outsize dimensions complement Bourke’s landscapes and ebullient, larger-than-life figures. Hosted by Taylor Galleries the exhibition runs from March 1-April 13.

Bricktionary, Theatre of Light, Point Village, Dublin 1

Lego fans are in for a treat with the opening of an immersive exhibition developed by Ryan “Brickman” McNaught and his team which features over 150 models, made from over 1,000,000 Lego bricks, all stemming from Ryan’s bestselling book The Bricktionary: The Ultimate LEGO® A-Z. The exhibition also includes 45 brick models, ranging from anime to animals, fashion to fantasy and tabletop games to TV shows. Ryan will also be running a masterclass in Dublin on March 11 and 12, tickets for which start from €30 per person and are available from;

Mythic Stories of Life and Landscape, Margaret Egan, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin 2

Launching on Thursday, March 7, Margaret Egan’s latest exhibition coincides with the publication of a monograph documenting 40 years of her painting, published by Gandon Editions (€20). The exhibition brings together a new collection of graceful figurative and atmospheric landscape paintings in Egan’s distinctive style. The exhibition continues until March 30.

Wilton Gallery, Sandycove, Co Dublin

The Wilton Gallery always has interesting art events and its latest is “Artistic Voices” – an online series during which artists are interviewed about their inspirations, creative processes and artistic journeys. The first artist in this series is abstract painter Hilary Evans. If passing by the gallery, do pop in to see the work of Jeremy Houghton who is well known for his flamboyant flamingo portfolio.

Monochromatic Exhibition, Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar 

Abstract monochromatic works, comprising one base colour and shades of that colour, created by 25 artists will be on display at Graphic Studio Gallery from March 15. The exhibition is co-curated by Catherine Daunt, curator of prints and drawings at the British Museum and Peter Brennan, Gallery Director, Graphic Studio Gallery. Catherine says: “Our presentation of Monochromatic prints includes works in shades of blue, yellow, red and green as well as black and white works. Some of the most revered artists of the 20th century are known for this self-imposed restrictive approach, including Yves Klein and Anish Kapoor, for whom colour has been so central to their work that they developed their own unique colour hues. In an Irish context, Maria Simonds Gooding and Felim Egan are some of the most well-known proponents of this approach to making abstract art.” The exhibition runs until April 19.

Adrift, Uillinn- West Cork Arts Centre, Cork

The work of Belgian visual artist and filmmaker Els Dietvorst will be shown at Uillinn- West Cork Arts Centre on March 16 before moving onto Wexford Arts Centre on October 19. Dietvorst’s practice is diverse and comprises prints, sculptures, installations, performative actions and one-act plays. In this iteration of Adrift, Dietvorst explores how we relate to nature and how we relate to one another. The exhibition includes drawings, sculptures, installations and films from Dietvorst’s extensive oeuvre that both artist and curators Catherine Bowe and Karla Sánchez selected specifically in response to the space.

Turning Heads: Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin 2

This blockbuster exhibition demystifies the world of art, specifically that of portraiture, and presents an opportunity to come face to face with people from 300-400 years ago via an extraordinary selection of paintings. By the way, the latest eight-week online art appreciation course starts on March 19 and focuses on European Masters of the Baroque. It’s led by art historian Dr Audrey Nicholls and is an opportunity to learn more about well known artworks and artists. To sign up or to find out more about the art appreciation courses, please visit Learn more about the Turning Heads Exhibition here.

Raquel Welch: One in a Million, Newbridge Silverware, Co Kildare

If you love vintage fashion, then this exhibition at the Museum of Style Icons is for you. It’s dedicated to Hollywood superstar Raquel Welch’s most famous costumes, garments, and personal property, prior to their auction presented by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles on April 12.

We make our own histories, Anthony Haughey, National Museum of Ireland, Dublin 1

During his socially engaged residency, Anthony Haughey collaborated with more than 500 people across Ireland to create a series of artworks inspired by the Museum’s collections. The resulting exhibition explores how we understand and embrace emerging cultural identities in Ireland. It looks forward to who we as a nation are becoming and also how far we have come since the State was established over 100 years ago. The exhibition runs until June 30.

Late Spring, Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin 2

Irish photographer Samuel Cunnane has captured moments of beauty that caught his eye on a road trip across Europe, weaving between urban and rural landscapes. Signposts, building sites, mid-century architecture, tangled woodlands and desolate roadsides are all evocative subject matter. The exhibition opens on March 1 and runs until April 6.

Fruity Bodies, Joanna Hopkins, dlr Lexicon, Co Dublin

“Fruity Bodies” opens at the Municipal Gallery, dlr Lexicon on March 10 and explores folklore, landscape and the human form, reflecting artist Joanna Hopkins’ interests. She used plants and dyes from her local hedgerows in a wide range of media including sculpture, photography, embroidery and film. One video work, On The Rag Tree (above) is intended as a May tree tribute which was documented over a week. The exhibition runs until May 3.

Each now, is the time, the space, Lismore Castle Arts, Co Waterford

“Each now, is the time, the space”, curated by Habda Rashid features sculptural works by artists Leonor Antunes, Alexandre da Cunha, Rhea Dillon and Veronica Ryan in a display throughout Lismore Castle’s spaces. All four artists share an interest in “exploring the qualities of material, techniques of assembly and the symbolism of their found and made phenomena that are arranged into exquisite formal assemblages”. From March 23 to October 27.

Collect Fair 2024, Somerset House, London

If you’re in London then do pop in to have a look at the 20th edition of Collect 2024, which celebrates contemporary craft and design. The Design & Crafts Council Ireland exhibitors include ceramicists, artists, textile makers and designers. Other makers include John Lee, furniture designer, Jack Doherty, porcelain designer, Róisín de Buitléar, glass maker, and silversmith Cara Murphy.


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