Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin

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Charlemont House, Parnell Square North +00 353 (0)1 874 1903
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    Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

    by gordonilla Written May 26, 2015

    It was by sheer coincidence that we visited the museum on a historic day.

    "Hugh Lane (1875-2015): Dublin's Legacy and Loss celebrates Hugh Percy Lane, the philanthropist and art dealer who presented a priceless collection of artworks to Dublin to establish a Gallery of Modern Art in 1908. Lane drowned aboard the Lusitania on 7 May 1915, after the liner was torpedoed by U-boat 20 off the south coast of Cork on its return from New York to Liverpool."

    It was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania and the death of Lane himself. There was an event that evening to commemorate this event.

    The gallery was interesting and oddly once you are inside the structure and it's décor do not equate to how it looked on the outside.

    The collection and exhibitions are worth a visit.

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    Georgian: a.k.a. Dublin City Gallery

    by yooperprof Written Jul 11, 2013

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    The Hugh Lane features a permanent collection of Irish and American twentieth century art, and it is also the home of the studio of artist Francis Bacon (1909-1982). Bacon was born here in Dublin, lived most of his life in London, and his studio was a Mews Apartment in South Kensington. However, after his death it was carefully dismantled and re-assembled here at the Hugh Lane. Fascinating.

    The building was originally built for James Caulifeild (1728-1799), 1st Earl of Charlemont - and was generally known as Charlemont House. The architect was Scottish-born Sir William Chambers (1723-1796).

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    Don't miss Francis Bacon's studio

    by Jefie Written May 28, 2009

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    The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery is located at Parnell Square, just down the street from the Dublin Writers' Museum. Admission to the gallery is free, which makes it worth stopping by if you happen to be in the area. The gallery was created in 1908 by Sir Hugh Lane, an avid art dealer and collector, making it the world's oldest public gallery of modern art. The permanent collection features several impressionist pieces that were part of Lane's own private collection, but it has now grown to include several hundred pieces by Irish and International contemporary artists. I thought that some rooms were more interesting than others, but the highlight of the gallery clearly is Francis Bacon's chaotic Reece Mews studio, which was entirely and painstakingly reconstructed within the Hugh Lane Gallery. It includes hundreds of paint tubes, paintbrushes, fabric pieces, magazines, and a whole bunch of other knickknacks that the Dublin-born artist used to compose his paintings. Looking at the paint-covered walls of the studio, which was obviously very meticulously recreated, gives the visitor an incredible insight into the life and art of one of Ireland's most famous contemporary painters.

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    City Gallery

    by Ruai Written Apr 6, 2007

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    The Hugh Lane Gallery in Parnell Square is Dublin's municipal art gallery. Its located in an extremely fine Georgian mansion, built in the 1760s to be the town house of Lord Charlemont. Its situated in one of 4 Georgian squares built in Dublin. The house has recently been refurbished and the collection is interesting. Theres a great coffee shop and an excellent bookshop but what most people come to see is Francis Bacon's studio, which was transported lock, stock and barrel from London and re-erected in the heart of the gallery. Unfortunately this tends to overshadow the rest of the collection, which is a pity. My personal favourite are some fine stained glass windows which are awkwardly displayed in a small room near the entrance.

    As you can see from the pic, the gallery is trying to inject some "vigour" into its fine classical building (don't think it works!)

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    Go early!

    by missmed Written Sep 22, 2006

    Hugh Lane has very recently been renovated and looks great.

    The selection of work is good but not amazing, but the surroundings are pleasant, the bookshop and cafe are great and its free.

    Go early on a week day and enjoy it even more.

    The highlight is without a doubt Francis Bacon's Londons' studio, the contents of which they recouped from the UK and carefully set up again in the gallery - its quite impressive!

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    The Hugh Lane Gallery

    by elcolibri Written May 25, 2005

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    The Hugh Lane Gallery is located in Dublin's city centre and is seat in the Charlemont House a building designed onstrict classical lines. The original collection, donated by the Gallery's founder Sir Hugh Lane, has now grown to include almost 2000 artworks, ranging from the Impressionist masterpieces of Manet, Monet, Renoir and Degas to works by leading national and international contemporary artists. The Gallery also stages historical and retrospective exhibitions, particularly of Irish art and offer free concerts: The Sundays at Noon Concert Series which began in 1976.

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    Not as impressive as I expected

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Feb 11, 2004

    We arrived there just after noon and had to wait until a classical concert (by The Vogler Quartet did finish before we could get in

    After the break, we had the chance to get in for the second half of the concert but we could hear it from where we stood andI didn't wat to sit still for half an hour

    The museum is free (of course) but houses mainly Irish art, old masters and French painters (Renoir, Degas, Manet...). Not my favourites but it was worth the visit

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    by arlequin_g Written Oct 27, 2003

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    Other place you have to visit is this gallery where you’ll see very interesting paintings. One really amazing by Renoir!!! The entrace is free.

    Parnell Square (it’s going up O’Connel street, in the left side)
    Tuesday to Thursday: 9-30-18; Friday and Saturday: 9.30-17; Sunday: 11-17

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    by IrishFem Updated Jul 14, 2003

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    Hugh Lane Gallery is in a beautiful 18th Century townhouse. Named after a wealthy art dealer who died on the Lusitania when it was torpedoed by a german u boat. Classical concerts are sometimes held on Sunday's. . The gallery mostly displays French impressionist and early 20th centuary Irish artists, along with sculptures. You will also see paintings by Monet ,Manet and Yeats. You will also find the Francis Bacon Studio, which was moved from London. Although Francis Bacon was born in Dublin, he hated the place. No doubt he would turn in his grave to kown that everything belong to him was transported back to his home town. The Museum is free. Also check out the following website for free concerts.

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    Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art

    by acemj Updated Jun 7, 2003

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    We're still on the north side of the Liffey here in this virtual tour. If you're into modern art, then the Hugh Gallery is the place for you. It features Irish and European art including works by Manet and Degas.

    Open 9:30am to 6pm Tuesday through Thursday
    9:30-5, Friday and Saturdays
    11-5 Sundays

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    Hugh Lane Gallery

    by Jim_Eliason Written Mar 28, 2013

    Also known as Dublin City gallery, this is the city's premiere art collection with a mix of Irish and European masters. Admission is free.

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