Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin

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Witness the work of contemporary Irish artists and behold Francis Bacon's studio at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Originally the townhouse of the First Earl of Charlemont, this grand building boasts an impressive array of modern artwork with a particularly strong collection of local works and French pieces. The site is perhaps best known for hosting Francis Bacon's studio. In 1998, six years after the painter's death, the studio and its entire contents were moved from London to the Irish gallery. Today you can observe the clutter, chaos, and genius of the room. Each piece has been painstakingly archived, including paint pots, books, slashed canvases, furniture, photographs, and more. Make Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane part of your personalized Dublin itinerary using our Dublin trip itinerary planner.
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  • My partner and I walked from Trinity College to Dublin City Gallery taking a more eastern route as we headed north and the walk was great in that I got to see a more nitty gritty part of Dublin on the...  more »
  • Fantastic exhibition of Francis Bacon and his studio. Well worth the visit plus all the impressionist pieces from Hugh Lane donation  more »
  • Right across the Garden of Remembrance and next door to the Writers Museum, the Hugh Lane City Gallery has a well-curated collection which stands out with a good balance between world-renown masters s...  more »
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  • In early February 2010, I went to the cafe at this gallery with my college and I paid 20 euros for the pastry and drink but I didn't get my change back. My mentor, one of staff and one of my fellow students said to me that I gave the lady €5 but I didn't give her a fiver. I just gave her €20. Then I told the lady that I gave her €20. She said to me that I didn't give her €20 and I said to her, "Yes I did." I wasn't lying. I was very upset about it and my €20 just got robbed. It was the worst trip I ever had. I am never coming back to the cafe at this gallery ever again! I'm sure there are lots of robbers in some shops, restaurants or anywhere. Don't worry I still like the gallery. It's a very nice gallery.
  • The most beautiful gallery in Dublin. The Neo Classical design of this building exterior extends into the interior. It's free admission and not disappointing. A visual array of quality Irish art from 1800' s onwards. It has Frances Bacon' s studio including his artistic theory recorded on an audio visual. The staff are incredible , the place is incroyable if you visit Dublin you must not MISS this artistic ensemble and Irish art historical experience. The Dublin writers museum is on the same street and a memorial park is opposite including a famous Irish sculpture of the Irish revolution. The Georgian street scape is elegant and the Ambassador theatre is situated below the gallery.
  • A very interesting place. The gallery shows a very attractive exhibition, and the place is the right place to be for a while. We were so lucky to attend a piano concert there -Dublin Piano Festival- and it was amazing, paintings and music together! It's one of Dublin's jewels.
  • Completely submerging material a must visit for anyone even half interested in art. A piano just past the lobby is often played and is a perfect accompaniment while in the gallery.
  • We had a really interesting and lovely guide. It was also a great experience to see the studio.

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