Four Highlights For April

MrGilhooleyUnsuitable Irish art finally goes on public view – On view now

The Hugh Lane Gallery has recently acquired the once scandalous stained-glass artwork by Harry Clarke depicting Nelly the partially nude mistress of Mr. Gilhooley from the eponymous novel by Liam O’Flaherty. This is one of the original panels from the so-called Geneva window commission for the League of Nations but replaced by Clarke in the final completed work due to a hairline crack. On viewing the completed window then president of the Irish Free State WT Cosgrave did not think it suitable subject matter for public viewing. Go and see what all the fuss was about and revel in this beautiful pink and gold vision in stained glass from the vividly creative mind of Harry Clarke. It enhances the gallery’s other permanent display of Clarke’s wondrous Eve of St. Agnes

Dona Antonia-Zárate_GoyaFlavours of Art: Spanish Evening at the National Gallery of Ireland – April 9th 2015

Pierrot_1921_Juan GrisAn introduction to the very fine highlights of the National Gallery’s Spanish collection, including masterpieces by Velázquez, Goya and Picasso, followed by a supper of Spanish specialities in the Gallery Café, with music by master Flamenco guitarist and composer from Cadiz, Juan José Manzano.

Blade_Runner_posterBlade Runner returns – In cinemas from April 3rd

Ridley Scott’s vision is a science fiction masterpiece, which has been much imitated but never equaled over the decades since its original release. The concepts, futurist imaginings and sheer visual bravura still resonate today with many of its key themes now proving wholly prescient. Like all the best science fiction it still evokes that thrilling sensation of partial recognition mixed with a slightly queasy encounter with a unique vision of the future. It has remained the ultimate cult movie and touchstone to a generation of designers, writers and filmmakers. Catch this timely re-release on a big screen where it was always meant to be viewed. 

Vincent Van Gogh – A new Way of Seeing – In Cinemas from 14th AprilWheat Field with Cypresses_1889_Van Gogh

694px-Vincent_van_Gogh_-_Self-Portrait_-_Google_Art_Project_(719161)Made in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, this film is a major re-showing of the gallery’s collection and a celebration of the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death. Seeing Van Gogh’s masterpieces on the big screen, in high definition is a revelation. Renowned curators and art historians, offer their interpretations and explanations of his work. With exclusive new research revealing recent discoveries and insights. Check out for participating cinemas in your area.



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