Enfilade

Exhibition | Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on June 21, 2014

Looking ahead to next spring at the AIC:

Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840
Art Institute of Chicago, 17 March — 21 June 2015 (extended from June 7)

Curated by Christopher Monkhouse

John Kirkhoffer, Secretary Cabinet, 1732 (The Art Institute of Chicago).

John Kirkhoffer, Secretary Cabinet, 1732
(Art Institute of Chicago)

Ireland on a World Stage, 1690–1840 will present 300 objects drawn from public and private collections across North America to provide a richly layered overview of the Emerald Isle during its first ‘Golden Age’. The seeds of this exhibition were first planted by Desmond FitzGerald, the Knight of Glin, who in his 2007 book Irish Furniture outlined his vision for:

a major exhibition on Ireland’s decorative arts of the 18th century, which would include furniture [and] bring together the common threads of the different fields. It would give an overview of the shared patrimony with England and the Continent and show the high level of craftsmanship achieved in Ireland at that time. A show of this stature would waken up the world to a staggering array of art that was manufactured in Ireland during this period.

Surprisingly, such an exhibition has never before been undertaken on either side of the Atlantic. Ireland on a World Stage, 1690–1840 will expand on the Knight of Glin’s vision to also include paintings, sculpture, and architecture in addition
to bookbindings, ceramics, glass, furniture, metalwork, and
textiles.

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Note (added 18 February 2015) — The original posting included the preliminary exhibition title Ireland on a World Stage, 1690–1840. The link has also been updated.

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