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National Gallery of Ireland reopens

Simon Stephens, 15.06.2017
Dublin institution has transformed two historic wings in €28m scheme
The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin reopens today following a €28m (£24.6m) redevelopment of two of its historic wings.

The three-phase project to redevelop the Milltown and Dargan Wings on Merrion Square began in 2011 with the restoration of the roof on the Dargan Wing. The scheme was carried out by the Office of Public Works, with Dublin-based architect Heneghan Peng leading the design team.

“We kept our doors open to the public throughout the lifetime of this project and, with over 80% of the galleries closed during that period, we attracted attendances of over 700,000 annually,” said Sean Rainbird, the director of the National Gallery of Ireland.

“We anticipate many visitors from Ireland and abroad to view our new presentation of the permanent collection and attend our exciting programme of exhibitions and public events.”

The refurbished galleries display more than 650 works of art from the gallery’s permanent collection of Irish and European art. The opening temporary exhibition is Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry, created in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre, Paris and the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

The project funders for the redevelopment were the National Gallery of Ireland, the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Office of Public Works.