press release

This exhibition comprises artists responses to the writing of James Joyce and is being shown to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday. Of all Ireland's 20th-century writers, James Joyce was almost certainly the least interested in visual art. Notwithstanding this, artists from Matisse to Sean Scully have been moved to create a wide variety of artworks in response to his colourful and challenging writing.

This exhibition, drawn almost entirely from the Museum's Collection, offers an opportunity to view some of these responses and includes works such as illustrated versions of Ulysses by Matisse and Mimmo Paladino, Sidney Nolan's portrait of Joyce from the Wild Geese series and Louis le Brocquy's 22 prints, 'Shadows', a topographical reading of Joyce's 'Dubliners'. Prints by Richard Hamilton, who has been commenting visually on Ulysses for over 50 years, are also shown, alongside drawings by the Hungarian artist Ferenc Martyn. A more humourous speculation on Joyce's difficulties as a struggling writer can be found in Joyce's Wallet by Charles Brady. The belief that Joyce and Picasso, arguably the most influential Modernist writer and artist, and both ex-patriates in Paris, actually met and spoke is explored in a series of works by Micheal Farrell, incorporating drawing, painting and print media.

A short publication with an essay by Joycean scholar, Terence Killeen, accompanies the exhibition. Pressetext

High Falutin

mit Henri Matisse, Mimmo Paladino, Sidney Nolan, Louis le Brocquy, Richard Hamilton, Ferenc Martyn, Charles Brady, Micheal Farrell, u.a.