Lucy McKenzie’s first solo exhibition in Ireland has grown out of an ongoing dialogue with Pádraic E. Moore. Featuring paintings, sculptures and elements of décor, this exhibition highlights the heterogeneity of McKenzie’s practice. Weaving together fragments of art historical narratives with topical contemporary subjects, Tour Donas explores appropriation, authorship and the hierarchies between artforms.
A touchstone in this project is Belgian avantgarde artist Marthe Donas (1885–1967) who spent two years in Dublin from 1914 and studied at the cooperative stained-glass studio, An Túr Gloine. Donas left Dublin after Easter 1916, relocating to Paris where she adopted the androgynous pseudonym ‘Tour Donas’ and produced her first abstract compositions. The Cubist vocabulary Donas developed is comparable to that of Evie Hone or Mainie Jellett and her legacy exemplifies the personal and cultural connections that existed between Ireland and the rest of Europe in the 1920s. The other key referent of this exhibition is De Ooievaar (Villa Stork), a listed Modernist building in Ostend dating from 1935. McKenzie purchased the villa in 2014 and is now faithfully restoring it as an active site where the strands of her multidisciplinary practice can be united.
Lucy McKenzie was born in Glasgow and is based in Brussels. Her survey exhibition, Prime Suspect, is taking place at Museum Brandhorst, Munich, and Tate Liverpool (2020-2022). She has exhibited internationally in major institutions including Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2013); Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (2011); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2009) among others. She collaborates with designer Beca Lipscombe on a fashion label, Atelier E.B. Pádraic E. Moore is a curator and writer living between Brussels and Dublin. He is currently curating a series of exhibitions at Garage Rotterdam and has previously organised projects in institutions including Irish Museum of Modern Art; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Fondazione Sandretto, Turin; Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht; and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.