Michael Kane’s Exhibition Opens

at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr will open Michael Kane’s new exhibition ‘Modality of the Visible’ at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane on Wednesday, 19th October at 6.30pm.  This exhibition can be viewed by the public, free of charge, from Thursday 20th October 2016 to Sunday 15th January 2017.

Over the past five decades Michael Kane has explored Dublin City observing and investigating the urban landscape. This familiarity inspired Kane’s imagination and yielded up powerful images which are captured in his paintings, drawings and woodcuts. This exhibition presents new work alongside a selection of seminal masterpieces - a survey of a long and committed career as an artist.

Lord Mayor Brendan Carr said, “I am delighted to open Michael Kane’s new exhibition.  It is great to see such a notable and acclaimed artist exhibiting here in the Hugh Lane Gallery which offers both Dubliners and visitors a great opportunity to view such a variety of art in such lovely surroundings.”

“Imagination is the key to working; I wanted to maintain the child’s imagination and connection with play in my work, this as well as the realities of experience.” – Michael Kane

In the work of Michael Kane one can see a masterful amalgam of the classical and the contemporary. For example his woodcut series of 1984, entitled Agamemnon Felled, which is displayed in the exhibition, sees the Greek tragedy played out in biting, sometimes comical, contemporary imagery.

The city continues to be Kane’s underlying motif inspired by the everyday movements of its inhabitants: the workers, the poets, and the artists.

Head of Exhibitions Michael Dempsey, said Kane’s “raw bold compositions, often collaged with magazine cuttings, create confrontational rhythmic images moving back and forth between figuration and abstraction”.

Director of the Gallery, Barbara Dawson, said “Just as Stephen Dedalus, who paced Sandymount Strand in Joyce’s Ulysses, pondering the Ineluctable Modality of the Visible – ‘thought through my eyes’ – so too does Michael Kane receive the city through a particular lens, one that sees the monumental in the ordinary and the familiar”.

A selection of Michael Kane’s works can be viewed at



Notes to the Editor:

Michael Kane – Artist

Michael Kane was born in Wicklow in 1935 but lives and works in Dublin. Kane studied at the National College of Art and Design (1956-59) and the Graphic Print Studio (1961-63). He is a central figure in the history of Irish Modernism, was one of the organisers of the annual Independent Artists’ exhibition and co-founder of the Project Arts Centre in the 1960s. He was also editor of the art and sociopolitical journal Structure in the 1970s. Kane is one of the earliest members of Aosdána. His work is included in many prestigious private and public collections. Michael Kane is represented by the Rubicon Gallery, Dublin.

A fully illustrated catalogue including essays by Elizabeth Hatz, Róisín Kennedy, Michael Dempsey and a poem by Paul Durcan is available from the gallery’s bookshop.

Elizabeth Hatz

Elizabeth Hatz, is an Architect, Art Curator, Architectural Commentator and Professor, working with architecture, art and space, both rural and urban. She is Professor/associate master at the KTH (the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden) since 1999. She is also Associate Professor at School of Architecture University of Limerick since 2006, currently as Year Master of 4th year.

Dr. Róisín Kennedy

Dr. Róisín Kennedy  completed an IRCHSS funded PhD on Politics of Vision: Critical Writing on Art in Ireland, 1939 -1972 in 2006. Her research focuses on the critical reception of modernist art in Ireland, the role and function of art writing post 1880, and on  the position of women as artists and subjects in modernist art.  She has published widely on the subject in edited collections and in Circa, Irish Arts Review and Third Text.