‘What’s What in a Mirror’

New Exhibition Opens in Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

On Wednesday, 27th April at 6.30 pm, Councillor Micheál Mac Donncha, deputising for an tArdmhéara Críona Ni Dhálaigh will open a new exhibition in Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane titled ‘What’s What in a Mirror’ by the acclaimed artist Liam Gillick.

Speaking at the launch of the exhibition, Councillor Micheál Mac Donncha said “I am delighted to open this wonderful exhibition which will allow visitors to the Gallery to reflect on the past and present and how we commemorate historical events like the 1916 Rising.”

The ‘What’s What in a Mirror’ exhibition includes a series of desks and stools constructed from lacquered wood, each furnished with a mirror which is fixed to walls within The Hugh Lane Gallery.

Visitors are encouraged to sit at the desks and work, read, check their phone or just look in the mirror – their backs turned to the art – either observing themselves, the art collection or fellow visitors behind them. The desks are offered as sites of self-reflection and aesthetic absorption for our visitors in this centenary year. Appropriating the aesthetic context of 1916, they carry traces of the early modernism in their form, reminiscent of European avant-garde movements such as Russian constructivism, Bauhaus, and De Stijl.

This new exhibition which is part of the Hugh Lane Gallery’s ‘The Artist as Witness’ Centenary Programme is open to the public until the 25th September 2016.

For more information visit www.hughlane.ie

Kevin Mcfeeley will syndicate photographs to picture desks after the launch on Wednesday evening.


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Notes to the Editor:

Liam Gillick – The Artist:

Liam Gillick was born in Aylesbury, England in 1964. He has developed a number of key narratives that often form the engine for a body of work. McNamara (1992 onwards) Erasmus is Late & Ibuka! (1995 onwards) Discussion Island/Big Conference Center (1997 onwards) and Construction of One (2005 onwards).

Gillick’s work has been included in numerous important exhibitions including documenta and the Venice, Berlin and Istanbul Biennales - representing Germany in 2009 in Venice. Solo museum exhibitions have taken place at the MCA in Chicago, the MoMA in New York and Tate in London. Gillick’s work is held in many important public collections including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Guggenheim Museum in New York and Bilbao and the MoMA in New York.

Over the last twenty five years Gillick has also been a prolific writer and critic of contemporary art – contributing to Artforum, October, Frieze and e-flux Journal. Liam Gillick lives and works in New York City.

Artist Talk:

Liam Gillick will deliver a public talk on his work and his exhibition ‘What’s What in a Mirror’ in the Hugh Lane Gallery’s Sculpture Hall on Thursday 28th April at 5.30 pm. The talk is free and booking is not necessary.