Work by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian at the Guggenheim in New York Jules Antonio

4 events for... anyone who loves art and design

From Iranian installations to environmentally friendly fine art.

IRELAND’S ART SCENE continues to thrive in 2018.

These days, you can stumble upon an exhibition opening almost everyday of the week, showcasing the work of international and domestic artists. Whether it’s photography or fine art painting, there’s always something to visit to expand your imagination and inspire your creativity.

Here are four exhibitions opening across the country, this weekend.

1. Devote a day to the first ever showing of work by Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, at Dublin’s Irish Museum of Modern Art

When: Opens Friday August 10

Where: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

Celebrating a wonderful and varied career spanning sixty years, ‘Sunset, Sunrise’ is a retrospective look at the art of Iranian artist, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. Included in the exhibition are paintings, mirrored sculptures, jewellery and tapestry born from themes exploring nature and the histories of the East and West.

This marks the first time Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian’s work has been shown in Ireland, making this exhibition in the wonderful surrounds of IMMA unmissable.

‘Sunrise, Sunset’ will run until November 25 2018.

 2. Take in the annual Summer Print Exhibition at this year’s AKA Alternative Arts Festival in Kilkenny

When: Opens Sunday August 11

Where: Blackstack Studio, 42 Parliament Street, Kilkenny

Showcasing the fine art prints of its members, Blackstack Studio’s annual summer show will certainly be one of the highlights of the AKA Alternative Arts Festival in Kilkenny, a county with an art scene that rivals their hurling team in terms of its strength. Blackstack facilitates members to create unique work by utilising environmentally friendly techniques and materials.

The exhibition will run until August 19.

3. Visit the minimal sculptures of Robert Dunne in the heart of The Liberties at Pallas Project Studios

When: Opens Thursday August 9

Where: Pallas Project Studios, 115-117 The Coombe, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8

Robert Dunne’s work focuses on functionality with an interest in the scale he can reach to bring his designs to life. A lot of Dunne’s pieces begin as familiar objects which Dunnes reincarnates with a minimal aesthetic, often informed by clean lines. His work has previous been shown in Dublin’s RHA as well as in galleries in Germany and Australia.

His solo show entitled ‘Revise‘ will run until August 18.

4. Watch storytelling and printmaking collide at Brian Barry’s exhibition Toxic Union and Other Stories in Cork

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When: Opens August 9

Where: Cork Printmakers Gallery, Wandesford Quay Clarke’s Bridge

Inspired by the art of storytelling, Irish artist Brian Barry has been developing the tale and visuals for his original piece, The Toxic Union, for three years. Set at a wedding taking place in rural Ireland during the 1930s, the unfortunate newlyweds are subjected to tragedy as a grave crime needs to be solved.

The story will be told through a series of prints made by lino and wood blocks using one colour ink.

The Toxic Union will be displayed in Cork’s Printmakers Galley until September 7.

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