Exhibition: Making Ireland Modern


Real Tennis Court, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

Dates: 13.10.16 – 12.11.16, 11am to 4pm daily

Curators: Gary A. Boyd and John McLaughlin Architects

Making Ireland Modern explores the relationship between architecture, infrastructure and technology in the building of a new nation. Constructed as an open matrix of drawings, photographs, models and other artefacts, the exhibition presents ten infrastructural episodes – Negation, Electricity, Health, Transportation, Television, Aviation, Education, Telecommunications, Motorways, Data – spanning a period of one hundred years from 1916-2016. Exploring a range of scales from the detail design of objects to entire landscapes and other territories, Making Ireland Modern describes architecture’s role in transforming the physical and cultural identity of the new state through its intercession in the everyday lives of its population.

Staging this exhibition in Ireland in 2016 presents an opportunity for a broad public to celebrate the role of architecture and infrastructure in the construction of the Irish state at a particular moment of commemoration and cultural examination of our recent past.

Making Ireland Modern is a Touring Project as part of ART: 2016. It was originally presented as Infra Éireann – Making Ireland Modern at the 2014 International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Arts Council. Making Ireland Modern is also supported by The Government Policy on Architecture, The Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI), ESB Ireland, Arup Foundation, Scott Tallon Walker Architects, Queens University Belfast and the Architectural Association of Ireland.

The exhibition will conclude with Concrete Logic, a finissage/symposium reflecting on the technology and culture of concrete architecture in twentieth-century Ireland and beyond. Shelley McNamara is the keynote speaker. Venue to be confirmed.


Photo credit Alice Clancy

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