Centenary of Hugh Lane’s untimely death remembered at Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane

Hugh Lane: Dublin’s Legacy and Loss, an exhibition to celebrate the life of Hugh Percy Lane and mark the centenary of his untimely death, will open in Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane on Wednesday 29th April at 6.30pm by Councillor Mannix Flynn on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

The exhibition runs from 30th April to 4th October and presents Hugh Lane’s vision for the visual arts in Ireland at the turn of the twentieth century with works by Impressionist artists Monet, Degas and Renoir which hang together with their Irish counterparts, Osborne, Lavery and Roderic O’Connor.  Lane gave over one hundred priceless artworks to Dublin to establish a Gallery of Modern Art in 1908.

Cllr Mannix Flynn said “It is a great honour for me to open one of the most significant global visual arts events here at Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery that has, at its centre, the astonishing cultural vision of the unique Sir Hugh Lane. A proud moment for Dublin and Ireland”

Barbara Dawson, Director of Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, said “This exhibition honours Lane’s vision and extraordinary philanthropic support for the visual arts in Ireland.  His establishment of this Gallery is considered the most significant cultural event in the history of modern Ireland”.

The exhibition looks at Hugh Lane, his friends and influences – W.B Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Lane’s aunt, Augusta Gregory.  The support Lane received from artists is evident in the works they gave to the Gallery and the collection he amassed over his short lifetime.  Hugh Lane died aboard the Lusitania on 7th May 1915, his body was never recovered.  He was thirty nine years of age.

Photographs will be circulated to Press by Fennel Photography.

Photocall at 12:00 p.m on April 29th at the Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane.


Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, T. (01) 222 5550.

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Notes to the Editor: 

Hugh Lane was born in Cork of Irish parents. He achieved huge success as an art dealer while still in his twenties and went on to become one of the most famous art dealers of his time.

After the establishment of the Gallery in 1908, Lane continued to purchase works for the Gallery. In recognition of his services to art, he was made a freeman of the city of Dublin in 1908 and in 1909 was knighted.

Included in the exhibition is Wreckage in May by artist and filmmaker, Declan Clarke and commissioned by Dublin City Gallery. This trilogy of films produced between 2013 and 2015 is in response to the exhibition presented by Hugh Lane to Dublin in 1908.  The films focus on the suppression of the Paris Commune in 1871.