Dublin Art Venues
Review of Art Galleries in Ireland's Capital City: Group/Solo Shows, Artists Represented, Opening Hours.

Irish Art Exhibitions

Wall of Light Summer (2005) by
Irish abstract artist Sean Scully

Dublin Art Galleries

The wide range of art galleries, auctioneers (eg. Adams, De Veres, Whytes) and publications (eg. CIRCA, Irish Arts Review), together with record breaking auction prices by Irish painters such as Louis le Brocquy, Jack B Yeats, Sean Scully, Gerard Dillon, and Francis Bacon, are further evidence of the high status of Dublin in the international art world.

State Art Galleries and Venues

Dublin hosts a number of museums and visual art venues with extensive collections of the finest Irish and international artworks.

For reviews of the best museums
of arts in Ireland, see:
- National Gallery of Ireland
- National Museum of Ireland
- Irish Museum of Modern Art
- Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin
- Chester Beatty Library
- Trinity College Dublin Library
- National Self-Portrait Collection
- The Hunt Museum (Limerick)
- Ulster Museum.

For a list of the most valuable
works of art to be sold at auction:
Top 10 Most Expensive Paintings

For a list of the top priced
works by Irish artists, see:
Most Expensive Irish Paintings.

The National Gallery of Ireland

Home to the state collection of European and Irish art, it contains over 14,000 artworks, its collections include: a comprehensive range of Irish art, many Old Master paintings, notably from the Italian Baroque and Dutch/Flemish schools including works by Velázquez, Goya, Caravaggio, Vermeer, Titian, Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Rembrandt, Rubens, van Dyck, Monet and Picasso. The NGI's sculpture collection, includes sculpture and portrait busts by Cunningham, Foley, Hewetson, Hogan, Kirk, Moore and Turnerelli.

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

The Hugh Lane's collection includes 2,000 works of art, including Impressionist paintings by Monet, Degas, and Renoir, works by Roderic O'Conor, Walter Osborne, Frank O'Meara and John Lavery, and other contemporary artists.

Chester Beatty Library

This art museum and library contains illuminated manuscripts, drawings, miniature paintings, prints and decorative arts from the great world cultures including: rare Egyptian papyrus texts, the earliest known copies of the four gospels, Eastern manuscripts, paintings and calligraphies, Persian manuscripts, miniature paintings and Japanese woodblock prints.

Irish Museum of Modern Art

The Museum's collection contains almost 1,700 artworks, including photographic and lens-based art by Paul Seawright, Gilbert and George, Willie Doherty and Marina Abramovic; installation artworks by llya and Emilia Kabakov; sculpture by Damien Hirst, Dorothy Cross, and Kathy Prendergast; as well as paintings by Sean Scully, Tony O’Malley, and Peter Halley.


National Museum of Ireland

In addition to its priceless Celtic metalwork artifacts and illuminated manuscripts, the Museum has a decorative arts division (Collins Barracks site) which houses rare items of furniture, silver, ceramics and glassware, money and weapons, as well as examples of folklife and costumes.

Library of Trinity College Dublin

Established by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592 in the grounds of an Augustinian priory, most of the stylish buildings were constructed during the 1759 renovations. Trinity College Library accomodates more than 1 million books and manuscripts, including the priceless illuminated gospel manuscripts - Book of Kells and Book of Durrow.

Gallery of Photography

Ireland's foremost photographic venue hosts numerous lens-based exhibitions involving many of the major artists and names in contemporary photography. [See also, Dublin Visual Arts]

Private Art Galleries

In addition to national visual arts centres in Ireland like the National Gallery of Ireland (NMI), the Hugh Lane Gallery, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), the Gallery of Photography and the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin boasts a number of magnificent private art galleries. These deal in a wide range of nineteenth and twentieth century landscapes, still-lifes, portraits, genre paintings, sculpture and photographs, as well as abstract works by modern and avant-garde Irish and international artists. These galleries include: Access to Arts, Bad Art Gallery, Canvas Gallery, Combridges Fine Arts Gallery, Cross Gallery, Daffodil Art Gallery, Dalkey Arts Gallery, Green Gallery, Green On Red Gallery, Hillsboro Fine Art, Jorgensen Fine Art, Kerlin Gallery, Leinster Gallery, Lemon Street Art Gallery, Magil Fine Art Gallery, Molesworth Gallery, Mother's Tankstation, Mulvany Bros., Oisin Art Gallery, Oriel Gallery, Paul Kane Gallery, Rubicon Gallery, Solomon Gallery, Spiller Art Gallery, Stone Gallery, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Yello Gallery.

Art Galleries Around the World

For the top venues, see: Best Art Museums.

• For details of other Leinster fine art exhibitions and collections, see: Irish Art Galleries and Museums.
• For details of the world's top museums, see: Homepage.
• For more about Dublin arts venues, see: Irish Art Guide.

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