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Indian Matchbox Labels

Early Indian matchboxes carried beautifully designed labels showing images of Hindu deities and legendary scenes; over time they took on a multitude of themes, ranging from the mundane (keys, lamps, fruit, farm animals) to the exotic (lotus flowers, glamorous beauties, fighting tigers and elephants) and the comical (a pair of monkeys smoking cigarettes, a baby with a moustache, and a portrait than can be read upside down or right side up).

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Current Exhibitions
Jennifer Mehigan
Nightbloom Chokehold

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a commissioned solo exhibition by artist Jennifer Mehigan titled Nightbloom Chokehold. This exhibition is part of the ongoing series of solo exhibitions under the title The Artist’s Eye which asks those exhibiting in Gallery 1 to invite an artist of influence to present work in Gallery 2. Acknowledging the […]

Bassam Al-Sabah
IT'S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a commissioned solo exhibition by artist Bassam Al-Sabah titled IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS in Gallery 1. In IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS, Al-Sabah transforms the gallery into a fantasy dreamscape embracing the shape-shifting potential of computer-animated worlds with a series of new sculptural works […]

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