Wednesday, October 26, 2011

National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland

The amount of University of Limerick's art collections is surprisingly large. I actually didn't know about the collections before I started to look for a place that would be interesting. From the University's page I found the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland.

In 1977, when 15 self-portraits were purchased, the collection began. [1] After that the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland was founded by the National institute for Higher Education in 1983. Nowadays collection consist of circa 450 different Self-Portraits from over 250 different artists. [2],[3] Most of the artworks in the collection are two dimensional but some multimedia and new technology works are also included. [1] They have been made with oil, water colour, print, collage, ceramics and stained glass. Also sculpture section is available. [3] "Its purpose is to form a collection illustrative of self portraiture in Ireland and of self-portraiture by Irish artists" [4]

Recently (20th October 2011) new additions has been unveiled to the collection and they will be in display until the end of November 2011.[2]

Additions are artworks from the following artists [2]:
-Robert Ballagh
-John Byrne
-Charles Cullen
-Joe Duggan
-Brian King
-Sean Lynch
-Des McMahon
-Robert Ryan
-Dermot Seymour
-Maighread Tobin

In my opinion this collection represents
well the great artistic level of Ireland.

National self portrait collection of Ireland is located in the University of Limerick's Foundation building.

Näytä suurempi kartta

[1] University of Limerick - Visual Arts Office, National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland,cited 25.10.2011
[2] Additions to National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland unveiled, URL, cited 25.10.2011
[3] Discover Ireland - Art Galleries, URL, cited 25.10.2011
[4] National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland, URL , written 26.10.2010, cited 25.10.2011

-Antti Paananen (11066172)

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