Hugh Lane Gallery is a home of finest Ireland’s collections of modern and contemporary art

3 Vital Facts about Gallery of Modern Art Hugh Lane

In case you are wondering what to do in Dublin, a visit to Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art  will be very thrilling and remarkable.

If you continue to read on, you will discover amazing reasons why this Dublin attraction is recommended for you. This gallery is renowned for its spectacular collections of French arts, such that are not commonly found elsewhere.

There are unique pieces like ‘The Umbrellas’ by famous

  • Auguste Renoir
  • Jour d Ete
  •  Berthe Morisot

and other outstanding pieces.

You will definitely encounter remarkable arts on display for excitement.

1. Hugh Lane Gallery History

The Gallery of Modern Art Hugh Lane was former called the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art and is located at the Charlemont House, which was erected in 1763. Dublin City Council are those operating this gallery managing all its affairs. Sir Hugh Lane established this gallery in 1908 at that time on Harcourt Street. In 2004, this national gallery was closed for renovations, in which a new wing was erected. Gilroy McMahon Architects were those in charge of the reconstruction project, the gallery reopened in 2006 after this reconstruction and renovations.

2. Outstanding Collections at the Gallery

The Gallery of Modern Art at Hugh Lane is well known for it amazing French collections. But those are not all the pieces available, because there are also some fantastic collections of Irish origin that are also accessible.


Here are the best and current collections available to be viewed at the gallery this season:

  • Conservation

this is a painting that Frank O’Meara created of himself as part of the exhibition that was showcased in 2017 at the Gallery of Modern Art. The name of this display was ‘Artist as Witness: Migrations’ and Jessica O’Donnell curated the piece for this exhibition. This piece can be viewed presently at galleries 12 and 13 if you are searching for what to do in Dublin.

  • Frank O’Meara and Irish Artists Abroad 

this classic piece was also on display in 2017 ‘Artist as Witness: Migrations’ exhibition. It also represents the original work of Frank O’Meara that was curated by Jessica O’Donnell for the purpose of the exhibition earlier mentioned. Come to this prominent Dublin attraction to view this fine artistry piece available at galleries 12 and 13.

  • Centenary of birth of Louis le Brocquy 

this piece is on display to signify the centenary celebration of the renowned Louis le Brocquy’s birth. His son Pierre Brocquy curated the paintings of his father for the 100 years celebration of one of the greatest artist ever, that lived from 1916 to 2012 (Louis Brocquy). This famous painter was in close relationship with the Gallery of Modern Art through his lifetime. The pieces curated for this celebration are available and will provide a worthwhile experience for viewers.

The Artist as Witness in Society 

this is an artistry collection of different pieces. These pieces on display depict the way through which artist from different times have reported and narrated the events in their environment by the way of the art they practiced. It is collection of pieces from Evie Hone (inspired by Cuba), and a recent piece the gallery just acquired called ‘Portrait of the 11 Irish Dunnies Stores Strikers’ created by Garrettn Phelan. There is also Brian Duggan’s Wall of Death Hell Rider and other interesting stuff in this collection.

3. Exhibitions at the Hugh Lane Gallery

There are lots of French collections available for exhibition with other astonishing pieces of several other origins within the collection of this Modern Art gallery. So many amazing exhibitions have happened in the past, and there are lots of fantastic forth coming exhibitions for you to plan into your itinerary of things to do in Dublin.

See the forthcoming exhibitions here:

  • Keeper

this is the closest forthcoming exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art, displaying the great artistry works of Amanda Dunsmore. It is scheduled to start from the 10th of April to the 22nd of July 2018. It is geared towards representing the Belfast/Good Friday contract as they celebrate their 20th anniversary. It is tagged “a major milestone in the evolution of peace in Northern Ireland”.

  • Rachel Maclean

scheduled to run from the 31st of May 2018 till the 16th of September 2018. This represents the inaugural outing in Ireland of the Rachel Maclean a Scottish artist. There will be a display of the green screen technologically visual narrated pieces.

  • Prototypes

the movie of Doireann O’Malley creates a collection of bio politic, experiments, transgender researches, psychoanalysis, science fiction and Artificial Intelligence. Plan this in your what to do in Dublin itinerary, scheduled for the 22nd of June 2018 till 30th of September 2018.

  • Niamh McCann

this Niamh McCann exhibition that is called Furtive Tears. It goes over the active interactions that exist with the combination of display mode, audience and object geared towards representing the hidden language of allegiance, gesture, inference and meaning. This display comes as the last for this year, scheduled to commence from the 4th of October 2018 to the 6th of January 2019. If you happen to be in town within this period ensure to see this intriguing Dublin attraction.

Children’s club at Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art

Dublin City Gallery has Kids Area and Learning Resource Centre 

Kids, teachers, families and adults can take part in enjoyable and innovative  learning opportunities that explore the collection and temporary exhibitions. The events take place in the Hugh Lane Gallery’s children’s area and Learning Resource Centre.

To date, the collection has been explored by children aged three to adults in their eighties during successful and popular programmes. It’s a newly programmed, multi-purpose space, that give an opportunity for additional experimentation.


Hugh Lane Gallery Admission

The admission is free (it might me a charge to temporary collections)

 Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art is located in Charlemont House, on the north side of Parnell Square at the top of O’Connell Street in Dublin 1. See the map below and get directions from your doorstep


a step away from Dublin Writers Museum, General Post Office- 700m, Henry Street, Dublin 1- 700m, St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral- 700m, The National Leprechaun Museum- 1.1km.

Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art Working Hours
  • Tuesday10:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday10:00 - 18:00
  • Thursday10:00 - 18:00
  • Friday10:00 - 17:00
  • Saturday10:00 - 17:00
  • Sunday11:00 - 17:00
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