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Shiva Linga Paintings

‘Tantra’, an esoteric and complex branch of Hinduism, might be explained in simple terms as a path towards spiritual perfection and magical power.

These rare Tantric images by anonymous modern painters from Rajasthan in northwestern India were intended to further the practice of meditation; they are part of an unbroken tradition in which originality is not considered important. Nevertheless, as in many forms of traditional art and craft, there are subtle and beautiful differences between the touch and sensibility of the individual paintings.

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Current Exhibitions
The Artist’s Eye
Éireann and I

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 this instalment, Alice Rekab has invited Éireann and I, an archive of Black life for Black migrants in Ireland. […]

Alice Rekab
Family Lines

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a commissioned solo exhibition by artist Alice Rekab. In their work Rekab explores embedded personal and cultural narratives; the stories that we tell and the stories that we are told about ourselves. This work emerges from their own mixed-race Irish identity, their family history, experiences of growing up, […]

Upcoming Exhibitions

Arthur Jafa
Love is the Message, The Message is Death

  The Douglas Hyde in partnership with The Form Foundation is delighted to present the Irish premiere of Arthur Jafa’s seminal work Love is the Message, The Message is Death. In Love is the Message, The Message is Death (2016) Jafa presents a poignant, visceral, and emotional reflection on African American life, identity, and history. […]

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