A thoroughly modern view

Once described as ‘artistic malaria’, Modernism was rejected by many in Ireland, with the exception of a few, mostly female, artists. Now a new exhibition in Dublin Castle has gathered together some rarely seen masterpieces from that forward-thinking movement

31st March, 2019
David Britton at the State Apartments in Dublin Castle Pic: Fergal Phillips

Dublin offers the art lover a feast of Irish art – the collections in the National Gallery, Imma, the RHA, the Hugh Lane, plus a host of excellent privately owned galleries. But what of all those masterpieces hidden away in private collections, never seen by the public? Cue David Britton.

The idea of persuading collectors to loan precious artworks for a series of exhibitions occurred to Britton in 2010, when he was a director of...

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