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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  • The recent refurbishment has turned this quite excellent gallery into an absolute must for anyone even slightly interested in the pre1914 visual arts. Most of the native Irish artists have been brough...  more »
  • Solo visit on Sunday morning. Enjoyable and relaxing stroll through small museum just around the corner from hotel. It was worth it just to see Francis Bacon's studio exhibit and take in some lovely a...  more »
  • Right in the (north) city centre this is a wonderful oasis of calm and beauty. The collection is, literally, world class.  more »
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  • Great experience for classic art lovers, and non. Amazing paintings and sculptures, an easy walk through to kill time. Talk to the security guys if you get a chance. Some of them are very amusing one in particular, can't remember his name, but a proper Irishman very hilarious!
  • Free historical museum, with a great collection that is shared with a gallery in London. Special exhibits are often on too. Very relaxing calm experience. Not too busy or packed with people as it seems to be off people's radar. A lot of Irish portraiture. Shop sells nice products, including famous Irish literary classics and other things of Irish interest.
  • Wonderful concert on Sunday at noon. Lovely to see Veronica Dunne getting such a warm applause.
  • Great place to stand and take in the exhibits in peace and at your leisure. Some wonderful Irish art on display
  • Initially looked like there wasn't much there but once you come out of the Francis Bacon section it's like a whole nother gallery opens up! Really good, interesting older and contemporary art, lovely to see some original manet, monet and others...

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