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Ulster Museum Masterpieces to go on show in Spring 2010

Published: 28 December 2009

Ulster Museum MasterpiecesA new exhibition of some the best Irish art in the world is to be staged at the Ulster Museum in the spring of 2010.

It will feature major works by 20th century artists Jack Yeats, Paul Henry, Gerard Dillon, Sir John Lavery and Louis Le Brocquy  as well as paintings dating back  through the 19th, 18th and 17th centuries.

(click on image to enlarge, Lynn Stinson, Paintings Conservator)

The exhibition, featuring some 170 paintings from the Museum’s own collection, will also include important British and international art.

Among the highlights will be J.M.W. Turner’s Dawn of Christianity (flight into Egypt), Sir John Lavery’s celebrated Under the Cherry Tree, and Francis Bacon’s Head II. Link to more information about the Ulster Museum art collections.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a major publication providing details and illustrations of 100 of the paintings.  

Tim Cooke, Director of National Museums Northern Ireland, said, “We were delighted to headline the museum’s reopening with a landmark retrospective exhibition by world famous abstract artist Sean Scully.  This exhibition, which runs until mid-February, has established Belfast as a leading venue for outstanding international art exhibitions.

“We are now preparing an inspirational selection of work from the Ulster Museum’s Irish and International art collection to be launching in the spring.

It will showcase world-class art to visitors from home and abroad.”

Kim Mawhinney, Head of Art for National Museums Northern Ireland, said:

“The Sean Scully exhibition, which ends on the 14th February, has achieved widespread international acclaim and showcases Scully’s work from his early beginnings in the 1970s through to present day.

It is fabulous to have such a major exhibition in Belfast – and all free of charge. I would encourage anyone who hasn’t seen it yet to take the opportunity over the next few weeks. Details of guided tours are available in the what's on pages of our website.” 

Over 140,000 people have visited the Ulster Museum since its reopening on 22nd October 2009.  Admission to the Ulster Museum is free.


Media contact: Kathryn Kirk, JPR, or 028 9076 0066/ 078 3404 9137

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