Daily Archives: December 4, 2017


Walking Tour of William Orpen and Abbas Akhavan Exhibitions with Donal Maguire

Wednesday, 10 January, 1.15pm

National Gallery of Ireland are delighted to invite you to a special two exhibition tour of the NGI’s Aftermath: The War Landscapes of William Orpen along with the current solo exhibition by Abbas Akhavan, variations on a garden.

Beginning at the National Gallery, curator Donal Maguire will lead the tour, looking at a selection of the celebrated Irish artist’s official war paintings as expressions of his struggle to comprehend the profound human trauma of World War I, as well as the position of the landscape as a victim of war. A contemporary response is provided with a new commission by artist Garret Phelan, titled I HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE SO NEAR.

Leaving the National Gallery, to arrive at the Douglas Hyde Gallery where Rachel McIntyre, Assistant Curator of Learning and Engagement, will introduce variations on a garden by Toronto-based artist Abbas Akhavan. Comprising a series of sculptures, video and photographic works, Akhavan explores the home, and spaces just outside the home such as the garden, as symbolic sites of trauma and hospitality but most significantly, as sites of sovereignty and war. A key work in the exhibition is study for a monument (2013-2016) which presents a series of bronze plants laid out on white cotton bed sheets across the downstairs gallery floor, native and endemic species from the area around the rivers Tigris and Euphrates, in present-day Iraq. In different ways and from very different viewpoints, these exhibitions make space for considering the role of the artist in representing conflict and trauma.

Free event, book here: eventbrite.co.uk

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Botanical Collecting in the Cradle of Agriculture and Beyond | Public Talk by Prof. Trevor Hodkinson, Trinity

Wednesday 13 December, 6pm

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is delighted to announce an upcoming talk presented in collaboration with the Department of Botany, Trinity College Dublin. In the context of Abbas Akhavan’s exhibition variations on a garden, Professor Trevor Hodkinson will discuss ‘Botanical Collecting in the Cradle of Agriculture and Beyond’.

An Associate Professor in the Department of Botany, Hodkinson specialises in plant systematics and the evolutionary history of plants. His talk will be followed by a guided tour of the School’s Herbarium.

A key work in the current exhibition is Abbas Akhavan’s study for a monument (2013-16). This large scale sculptural installation presents a series of bronze plants laid out on white cotton bed sheets across the Gallery floor. These are the forms of native and endemic species from the area in and around the rivers Tigris and Euphrates in present-day Iraq. Working with images from the ‘The Flora of Iraq’ archive at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, Akhavan has enlarged the plant species to monument scale.

The talk will be hosted in the Lecture Theatre and Herbarium in the Botany Department, which is located at the east end of the Trinity College Rugby Pitch.

Admission is free and all are welcome, though access to the Herbarium will be limited to two groups of twenty visitors each, please book here eventbrite.co.uk/e/herbarium-tour.

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