Taoiseach visits Rembrandt in print and REMAINS, a new exhibition by Irish artist Brian Maguire, with gallery president Rose McHugh and director Mary McCarthy
During his visit to the Crawford Art Gallery on the holiday, Mr Martin visited two major exhibitions: Rembrandt in print and REMAINS by Brian Maguire. He also saw works from the national collection held by the Gallery.
Crawford Art Gallery is the only Irish gallery where Rembrandt in print can be seen, and the exhibition proves to be a real draw for local, national and more recently international audiences. The exhibition features 50 of the Dutch master’s finest printed works from the Ashmolean Museum’s world-class collection of over 200 etchings and dry points.
In response to the Gallery visit, the Taoiseach said:
These are two exceptional exhibitions of international caliber presented at the Crawford Art Gallery.
Any visitor to the city and the people of Cork will revel in this opportunity to see Rembrandt’s nearly 400-year-old works of art, alongside the contemporary work of Irish artist Brian Maguire highlighting international issues of the migration.
It is a real pleasure to be back in this beloved historic building and see some of the magnificent pieces of art in the National Collection.
I am delighted that the government has embarked on the redevelopment of the Museum Capital over the next few years and I am happy to know that the Crawford will play a huge role, not only in the cultural fabric of the city, but as a catalyst for tourism and business in the region in the years to come.
Rose McHugh, Chair of the Crawford Art Gallery, welcomed the Taoiseach and conveyed “the gratitude of all those associated with the Gallery for the government’s commitment to the Gallery in the recent budget and its continued vital support. for the Gallery’s current capital project ”. She commented on “the ambitious plans the Gallery is pursuing and the contribution it seeks to make to the development of Cork City and the region”.
Mary McCarthy, director of the Crawford Art Gallery, said:
She is delighted that the Gallery can now present the Rembrandt in print free exhibition to the public, seven days a week. McCathy added that the exhibition, suspended for 16 months due to the pandemic, is organized in collaboration with the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, testifying to the strong cultural ties between the Ireland and the United Kingdom. The gallery continues to develop relationships like this, which can bring important works of art to Cork, allow works in the gallery’s collection to travel to the UK and provide opportunities for Irish artists.
The Taoiseach was also won over by the works of contemporary artist Brain Maguire. The exhibition REMAINS presents a series of large-scale works of art depicting the lives lost crossing the border between Mexico and the United States. Brian Maguire is known for his expressionist paintings addressing issues of social justice, and with these works he continues his creative investigation of the Mexican / American border.
Prior to this visit, Mr. Martin’s most recent visit to the Gallery was to announce the award of a design contract to Grafton Architects for the redevelopment of the Gallery, which will take place over the next few years as the 300 year old building is modernized so that it can fulfill its mission for many decades into the future.
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