New Exhibition Opens–Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

The Metronome Bursts of Automatic Fire…

On Wednesday 7th September 2016 at 6.30 pm, Cllr Sonya Stapleton, representing the Lord Mayor of Dublin, will launch ‘The Metronome Bursts of Automatic Fire…’, a new storyboard installation by Belgian artist Sven Augustijnen in Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.  This exhibition depicts the stock instrument of conflict, the FAL Rifle, its use and journey in wars, through the decades, as portrayed by TIME and LIFE reporters.

This is Augustijnen’s first solo museum exhibition in Ireland and it will run from 8th September 2016 until 22nd January 2017.

This exhibition comprises hundreds of images and articles from the American publications, TIME and LIFE magazines, featuring the familiar FAL Rifle.  Military and weapon enthusiasts, or anyone interested in the various conflicts that have occurred around the world since the 1950s, will have a wealth of articles and RTE archival footage to view.  Sven Augustijnen  will give a talk about his first exhibition in Ireland and his practice, at 5.30pm before the launch.  

The FAL Rifle is a light automatic rifle, manufactured in Belgium by Fabrique Nationale de Herstal.  During the Cold War this rifle was widely distributed in non-communist countries, and therefore named the "right arm of the free world". However it did not take long for it to appear on all sides of conflicts around the world. This rifle was also used by the Irish Defence Forces.

According to Cllr Sonya Stapleton, “Visiting Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane offers an opportunity to experience not only modern and contemporary art but also a diverse range of exhibitions, talks and film screenings.  I want to congratulate Sven Augustijnen and the gallery staff, for their collaboration which has produced a very thought-provoking exhibition for all to enjoy.”

Speaking about this exhibition, Gallery Director Barbara Dawson said, “We are very pleased to present Sven Augustijnen’s first solo museum exhibition in Dublin.  The purpose of this gallery is to promote engagement and public understanding of modern art and I know that Augustijnens poignant exhibition will intrigue all those who visit.”


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Notes To The Editor

  • The artist will be present and available for photos and interviews

The full title of the exhibition is The Metronome Bursts of Automatic Fire Seep through the Dawn Mist like Muffled Drums and We Know It for What It Is

 Sven Augustijnen lives and works in Brussels. He has had solo shows at Wiels, Centre for Contemporary Art, Brussels; de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam; Malmö Konsthall; Vox, Centre de l'image contemporaine, Montréal; CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson. Upcoming group shows include The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon and Gestures and archives of the present, genealogies of the future, Taipei Biennale.

In Sven Augustijnen's work the traditional codes of documentary practice appear both expanded and undermined. He constructs situations of dialogue, debate and commemoration and employs them as vehicles for the critique of our embodied social memory and collective symbolic experience. Journalistic research and historical reviews stand next to the worlds of fiction, ritual and metaphor – they are all inseparable from the forms of living memory and the constructs of our present and future realities. Sven Augustijnen’s work shows us that Europe has not yet come to terms with its spectres – colonial histories still having an influence on our lives and our ways of thinking.

TIME Magazine

is an American weekly news magazine published in New York City.  It was founded in 1923 and for decades was dominated by Henry Luce, who built a highly profitable stable of magazines.


LIFE Magazine


LIFE magazine, published in the United States, ran weekly from 1883 to 1972. It was published initially as a humour and general interest magazine.  Henry Luce, founder of TIME magazine, bought the magazine in 1936, solely so that he could acquire the rights to its name, and shifted it to a role as a weekly news magazine with a strong emphasis on photojournalism.