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Dublin art show expected to attract 150,000 visitors

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Dublin art show expected to attract 150,000 visitors

Dublin art show expected to attract 150,000 visitors

An international art exhibition based around the theme of crisis and change is expected to attract more than 150,000 visitors over the next month.

Under the theme Terrible Beauty—Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance, the Dublin Contemporary art festival will present the work of 114 artists from five continents.

The exhibition’s title was inspired by WB Yeats’s response to political events in Ireland and is intended to highlight art’s potential for commenting on current events in Ireland and abroad.

Visitors can expect to enjoy a series of street works disseminated in 22 locations around Dublin, as well as sculptures in the Iveagh Gardens until October 31st.

The art trail continues with exhibitions at the nearby Royal Hibernian Academy, which will house Lisa Yuskavage’s unique brand of painted ladies, new installations and paintings in The National Gallery of Ireland and Douglas Hyde Gallery at Trinity College, as well as a solo show by Willie Doherty at the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

UCD’s former home at Earlsfort Terrace, beside the National Concert Hall, will be the main hub of the exhibition.

A titanic sculpture by Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn, a series of photographs portraying a wounded Iraq war veteran by American Nina Berman, entitled ‘Marine Wedding’, and an interactive multimedia sculpture by the Chinese artist Wang Du are among the highlights.

Curator Christian Viveros-Faun, a New York-based curator and writer, said it seemed “necessary and obvious to directly address the current economic state of both Ireland and the world today” so that the exhibition might show “how crisis and change can serve as catalysts for creativity”.

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