Exploring Dublin's Irish Museum of Modern Art

Oct 2, 2018 8:01:00 AM / by Casey Rhode

In this week's post, Casey, a lover of art, uses her free student access to get her art fix and explores the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She discusses some of the exhibits she visited and her favorite pieces from each.

There’s something about art that has always made me all warm inside, so this week I made my way to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. It was free since I was a student, which made it even better. I’m still figuring out the bus system, so I decided to get some exercise in and walk. It’s about a 40-minute walk, but lucky for me it was a beautiful day and there wasn’t a drop of rain, just a bit windy. By the time I got there I was ready to dive into gorgeous art, so I grabbed my student ticket and some programs and was off. There were three exhibits open at the time due to renovations going on elsewhere in the museum. 

Irish Museum of Modern ArtIrish Museum of Modern Art

The first exhibit I went to was Andrea Geyer’s When We. This exhibit, while small, was inspiring. It wasn’t just pictures on a wall, it was the idea behind the art and the making of. One of the first things I saw when I walked in was this wall that was an idea map. It’s almost impossible to read from afar, but if you get really close, and I mean REALLY close, you can see this mind map of artists she liked and of modernist enthusiasm equaling rebellion. You get a glimpse inside Andrea’s head, which is astonishing.

Andrea Geyer's Idea MapThe Art Behind the Art: Andrea Geyer's Idea Map.

The other piece I really liked was Constellations Room. Here Andrea took portraits of women and made them fragmented by cutting them in prism like patterns and re-positions each piece which then inverts parts of the image. It’s really an amazing technique that catches the eye.

Constellations RoomUnique Prismatic Portraits in the Constellations Room

The next exhibit was my favorite part of the day, Monir Farmanfarmaian’s Sunset, Sunrise. She is known to be one of the great female artistic pioneers. This exhibit is about a life lived between cultures and across histories of East and West. When I first walked into the West Wing of the museum I looked out and it was a long hallway and there were spotlights on the walls where the art was displayed. Each piece of art reflecting the light was a gorgeous sight to see. One of the pieces I loved was in a dark room. It had a single spotlight on it and looked like a beautiful scene made out of glass. There were trees in it, which caught my attention because the detail of that is a hard technique.

Monir Farmanfarmaian’s Sunset, SunriseOne of my favorite of Monir's pieces. It had a single spotlight on it and looked like a beautiful scene made out of glass.


The other piece I loved was a drawing from her Flowers, Nightingales and Heartache. It is of roses done in pen and ink. Knowing how hard pen and ink is, I commend Monir on her detail. It reminded me of the drawing my dad did for my mom, which was nice to think about since I miss them so much.

Monir Farmanfarmaian’s Flower's Nightingales and HeartacheMonir Farmanfarmaian’s Flower's Nightingales and Heartache.

Thanks, Casey!

Casey Rhode

Casey Rhode is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Interdisciplinary Studies major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

Casey's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.


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Topics: Dublin, Ireland, Local Culture