Plundered Planet Exhibition

Mark Dion: Our Plundered Planet. 

4th April – 1st September 2019

Hugh Lane Gallery is delighted to present the first solo museum exhibition in Ireland by US artist Mark Dion entitled Our Plundered Planet. This exhibition addresses the serious and topical issue of global warming and the resulting consequences for our planet. Dion presents a critical discourse on the relationship between nature and civilisation and reveals his long-standing interest in and knowledge of the earth’s eco systems. Informed by his studies of ecology, botany and ethnography, he invites us to take a hard look, not only at the natural environment, but also at our inherited philosophical ideas about nature.

Our Plundered Planet is a commentary on human treatment of the natural environment, tempered with a dose of humour and playfulness. At a time when greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are at historically high levels and the polar glaciers are melting, Dion’s work poses questions of human responsibility - the relationship between human beings and our biospheres and between Cultural and Capital ecologies which are intrinsically linked and interactive.

“Our Plundered Planet continues the Hugh Lane Gallery’s commended practice of interrogating contentious issues through the visual arts. The message is grave but it has appeal to a wide audience with its playful imagery including wall paper of jelly fish, curiosity cabinets and noble birds a top glittering detritus. It is a “must to” experience” Barbara Dawson Director

“Against The Current, Mark’s sculpture of a severed eel, grew out of his research residency in Limerick, 2015. It’s an elegy for the depletion of wild species in Ireland’s rivers. A visceral sign of the cuttings of our River Shannon by modern engineering”. Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions.

The exhibition opens in Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin 1 on the 4th of April and will run until the 1st of September 2019.