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Josef Sudek

While often described as solitary and reserved, the photographer Josef Sudek was once a familiar figure to many on the streets of Prague. Born in 1896 in Kolín, a town east of the capital on the Elbe River, he made the city his home in the early 1900s. It became a central subject of his work, throughout and despite years of political upheaval, until his death in 1976. He left behind an otherworldly, serene, and singular vision of this turbulent era.

A skilled printer, devoted to the minutiae of the process, his mastery of the silver gelatin print is evident in the harmony between detail and obscurity which has become one of the most influential elements of his photography. Condensation on a window pane, mist in a deserted forest, or industrial fog in city streets serve to draw focus to the central features of an image, while creating a distinctive atmosphere and mood.

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Liliane Tomasko
The Artist's Eye

Acknowledging the crucial role artists play in influencing and shaping other artistic practices, ‘The Artist’s Eye’ series asks those exhibiting in Gallery 1 to invite an artist of influence to present work in Gallery 2. In the next instalment, Siobhán Hapaska has invited artist Liliane Tomasko. In her practice, Liliane Tomasko explores the realms of dreams, memory, the […]

Siobhán Hapaska
Medici Lion

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a major solo exhibition by renowned Irish-Parsee artist Siobhán Hapaska. Over the past three decades, Hapaska has created original and formally complex work, which defies categorization. She is a singular voice in contemporary sculpture, consistently pushing the convention of form and materials while astutely probing conflict, faith and […]

Upcoming Exhibitions

Deirdre O'Mahony
The Quickening

The Douglas Hyde Gallery of Contemporary Art announces The Quickening, a powerful new artwork by ground-breaking artist Deirdre O’Mahony. Bringing together urgent conversations, original music and moving image, The Quickening responds to issues facing farming, food production and consumption, in the face of present ecological and climate crises. A nationwide project, the culmination of over […]

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