Eithne Jordan’s Exhibition Opens at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath / Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha will officially launch a major new exhibition entitled Tableau at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, on Wednesday, 11th October at 6.00pm.

Tableau is an exhibition of new paintings by Eithne Jordan which invites us to look closely at the multi-layered histories woven through the spaces of institutions and public buildings in our cities. In Tableau, Eithne Jordan creates an installation on the first floor of Charlemont House, the gracious piano nobile – Lord Charlemont’s formal reception rooms which are now public gallery spaces – civic spaces for public participation. The galleries have been painted in colours to evoke the interior style of 18th century design and capture the mood of Jordan’s works. They will be lit by daylight until 3:30pm each day.

There is a sense in Jordan’s paintings that activity is about to take place or is happening out of view. The sense of stillness is enhanced by the artist’s ability to capture the subtle effects of light within a room, ranging from natural daylight to electric spotlights, chandeliers or the glow of a projector. Throughout Tableau there is a dialogue between the past and the present, visible in the insertion of modern elements – such as fire extinguishers and exit signs – into historic settings.

Speaking ahead of the launch of the exhibition, Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha said “Eithne Jordan’s paintings encourage us to look with fresh eyes at our built environment. The stunning installation also draws attention to the architecture of the Hugh Lane gallery which is one of the jewels of Dublin. Is fiú cuairt a thabhairt ar an taispeántas seo agus ar ár nGailearaí Hugh Lane”.

Eithne Jordan said “I'm not interested in documenting a place. These paintings are not about realism, but more about creating spaces where something might happen. They are emotional landscapes, settings for a mood.”

Director of the Hugh Lane, Barbara Dawson, said “Eithne Jordan paintings provoke a conceptual response to selected spaces and places.. Her superb painterly skills trace the lineaments of these beautiful buildings and bring the viewer beyond the actual into a realm of the notional filled with possibilities. “

Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, said “Jordan brings to the fore the details and perspectives of our daily reality; it is the presence of the viewer that completes the installation.”

A catalogue on Eithne Jordan’s work with essays by Sherman Sam and Logan Sisley will be published in November 2017.

Photos will be syndicated to picture desks by Fennell Photography.


For further information contact:

Dublin City Council’s Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277



Notes to the Editor:

Eithne Jordan

Eithne Jordan was born in Dublin and lives in Ireland and in the south of France. Her work is in major public and private collections in Ireland, Europe and the USA and she is a member of Aosdána and the Royal Hibernian Academy.

 ‘Eithne Jordan: Tableau’ Exhibition Dates and Opening Hours:

12 October 2017 – 14 January 2018

Tuesday to Thursday 9.45am– 6pm, Friday 9.45am–5pm

Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 11am–5pm, Closed Mondays

About Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is Dublin’s art gallery. It is part of Dublin City Council. The gallery’s original collection of modern art was presented by Sir Hugh Lane in 1908 and, in the ethos of its founder the gallery continues to collect and exhibit modern and contemporary art. The role of the gallery is to enhance public engagement, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts by way of temporary exhibitions, exhibitions of the collections, education programmes and projects and publications. As Dublin’s city gallery The Hugh Lane has a responsibility to give value added to the cultural life of the city through its engagement with the people of Dublin and beyond. The purpose of the gallery is to promote understanding and public engagement with modern and contemporary art and to contribute to public discourse on the creative arts especially visual art.

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Events Programme

Eithne Jordan in Conversation with Sherman Sam - Wednesday 11 October, 5pm

Join us prior to the opening of Eithne Jordan’s exhibition for a conversation between the artist and Sherman Sam. Free, no booking required.

Public Tour - Sunday 15 October, 2pm

Join Yvonne Pettitt for a tour of Eithne Jordan’s exhibition as part of Open House Dublin. Free, no booking required although numbers will be limited.

Coffee Conversation - Wednesday 25 October, 11am

Architect Merlo Kelly discusses Charlemont House in the context of 18th century urban developments, followed by tea/coffee. Fee €5.

Coffee Conversation with the Artist - Wednesday 22 November, 11am

Join artist Eithne Jordan to discuss her exhibition, Tableau, followed by tea/coffee. Fee €5.

Dublin Gallery Weekend - Thursday 23 November to Sunday 26 November

The Weekend's events include a highlights tour of the collection and the Eithne Jordan exhibition on Sunday 26 November at 2pm. Free, no booking required. See the Dublin Gallery Map or Hugh Lane websites for details of other Dublin Gallery Weekend events.