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Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz

Between Honey and Ashes (Part 1)

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, born in Warsaw in 1885, died in 1939 on the day that Poland was invaded by Russia. His father was also an artist. ‘Witkacy’, as he became known, is mainly remembered in his homeland as a painter, novelist, and playwright; his photographs are only one aspect of his art. Witkiewicz was an intense and troubled man who believed that Western culture was decadent, degenerate, and undermined by the collapse of ethical and philosophical certainties; trapped between a decaying past and an uncertain future, he used photography, perhaps more than other art forms, as a way to explore his existential anxiety.

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Current Exhibitions
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 […]

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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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