Art in the Garden

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Monday, 2019, May 27

An “Art in the Gardensculpture exhibition is currently taking place in Ireland at Russborough House, County Wicklow, running until 2nd June. Alongside important artworks by Salvador Dalí, is a carefully curated selection of contemporary pieces by renowned Irish and international artists. It is the most comprehensive selection Salvador Dalí sculpture ever to be brought to Ireland.

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Russborough, County Wicklow, is hosted and curated by Gormleys Fine Art in partnership with The Dalí Universe.

The Garden Exhibition at Russborough features 14 Dalí sculptures, plus more than 100 other works by some 40 leading Irish and international artists. A host of Ireland’s best-known artists including Patrick O’Reilly, Eamonn Ceannt, Ian Pollock, Bob Quinn, Paddy Campbell and Orla de Brí have all created works for the event.

“Russborough House provides the perfect backdrop for what will be the finest and most  prestigious collection of sculpture ever displayed in Ireland,” said Oliver Gormley of Gormleys’ Fine Art.

Dance of Time III, is among the larger bronze sculpture to be shown at Russborough. Another of the large-scale museum Dalí pieces on display is Lady Godiva. Both sculptures stand in pride of place at either side of the grand entrance to Russborough House. “Salvador Dalí liked grandeur and you can’t get grander than Russborough House. It is the ideal location for this beautiful event,” said Oliver Gormley.

It is almost three hundred years since the Palladian mansion was built. Since then it has experienced four robberies, three extended families, two forced occupations, and a ghost! Following a €1 million euro renovation, the house reopened to the public in 2018 and is now a major visitor attraction.

After appearing at Russborough, the exhibition will move to the five-star Culloden Estate and Spa, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline, where it will run from Saturday 15 June to Sunday 30 June.

James Sanders, Project Manager for the Dalí Universe organization commented on how the Irish media in particular has focused on the “widespread excitement surrounding the arrival of two large sculptures by The Master of Surrealism”. RTE, the largest television channel in Ireland, gave a major broadcast on focusing how it is the first time such Dalí artworks are displayed in Ireland.