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Island: New Art from Ireland

Artists: Dorothy Cross, Damian Flood, Mark Garry, Martin Healy, Niamh O’Malley and a painting by early 20th century artist Paul Henry.

curated by Fiona Kearney
for the Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy

Exhibition on display in the Palazzina dei Giardini, Modena until 15 September 2013


Ireland captures the global imagination with its lush green fields, shifting skies and coastal beauty, but it also shades this image with entangled histories of waves of invaders and mournful emigrants. For
many Irish artists, there is a rich seam of inspiration in these local landscapes and the tense narratives of an island culture.

Fiona Kearney, Director of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, explores these ideas in a new exhibition at the Galleria civica di Modena, Italy. Island: New Art from Ireland is the second stage of an institutional partnership that saw the Galleria civica’s photographic collection of artists’ portraits presented at the museum in our previous season.

The artists included in the exhibition all present work made since 2000, a time in Ireland and Europe that has seen the exuberance and optimism of the new century collapse into economic depression. These
artists do not directly reference the financial crisis, but the tone of the work is elegiac and exploratory, looking to the land to examine the layered histories of an island culture.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition and is available from the gallery shop or by emailing