This event will feature an afternoon of presentations and a special exhibition preview in celebration of the opening of Murillo: The Prodigal Son Restored at the National Gallery of Ireland.
Showcasing a unique series of works by one of the most celebrated artists of the Spanish Golden Age, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682), this in-focus exhibition explores themes of sin, repentance and forgiveness across six remarkable canvases. Donated to the National Gallery of Ireland by the Beit family in 1987, the six works have not been displayed together publicly for several decades. Murillo: The Prodigal SonRestored will celebrate the recent conservation of the series, which has revived the splendour of Murillo’s colours, brushwork, and mastery of narrative.
12pm – 1.15pm
Exhibition preview (Present your ticket for admission) Hugh Lane Room, Beit Wing, Level 3
1.15pm – 1.25pm
Registration Lecture Theatre, Beit Wing, Level -1
Welcome Sean Rainbird, Director, National Gallery of Ireland
Introduction Dr Aoife Brady, Curator, National Gallery of Ireland
Murillo: The Prodigal Son Revisited Muirne Lydon, Conservator, National Gallery of Ireland
The Prodigal Son series. “Quatro cuadritos” by Murillo in the Museo del Prado. Elena Cenalmor Bruquetas, Researcher, Museo del Prado
Discoveries and Display: Murillo’s Virgin and Child in Glory Kate O’Donoghue, Curator, National Museums Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery
Questions and discussion
Tea / coffee Courtyard
Introduction Prof. Stefano Cracolici, Director, Zurbarán Centre
“All rooms are furnished with great works of art” – the Beit collection Pauline Swords, Curator, Russborough, Co. Wicklow
A Painter of Street Urchins and Beggars? The perception of Murillo in Britain. Isabelle Kent, Independent scholar
“Something of immortal value”: Murillo at the Meadows Museum Dr Amanda Dotseth, Curator, Meadows Museum, Dallas
Questions and discussion
Click here for more information and to book tickets (Full price €25, students/OAPs €22.50,Friends €20)
Obedience and Defiance focuses on political and feminist themes and includes previously unseen paintings and works on paper from the artist’s family and close friends, which reflect Rego’s perspective as a woman immersed in urgent social issues and current affairs. The selection of works focuses on the moral challenges to humanity, particularly in the face of violence, gender discrimination and political tyranny. There are paintings and etchings related to children sold into slavery in North Africa (1996–98), abortion (1998–2000) and female genital mutilation (from 2009). Many of the images begin with the artist’s Portuguese roots and childhood experiences or respond to current affairs. This will be the first ever exhibition in Britain to present the paintings Rego made in the 1960s during the regime of the dictator Salazar.
Curated by the former director of London’s Whitechapel Gallery, Catherine Lampert, and organised by MK Gallery (Milton Keynes), the exhibition includes over 80 works. A major new publication will accompany the exhibition with texts by curator Catherine Lampert and the American writer and novelist Kate Zambreno, published by ART/BOOKS. Touring to Edinburgh and Dublin, the exhibition will be the first ever retrospective of Rego’s work in Scotland and Ireland.
Click here for more information on the exhibition in its current location.
Hélio Oiticica: Propositions, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 19 July – 5 October 2014. A major retrospective exhibition of the work of the internationally renowned Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980), whose innovative interactive and experiential artworks have influenced many contemporary artists.
Visitors will be encouraged try on his wearable ‘Parangolés’ and enjoy dressing up as a mobile sculpture. The exhibition has been co-curated by the artist’s nephew, César Oiticica Filho.